Bumblebee Monitor

We are seeking volunteers with an interest in bumblebees to carry out monthly bumblebee surveys across RSPB South Essex, home to the rare shrill and brown banded carder bee.

Friday 10 August 2018
Vacancy type:
Surveying wildlife
South Essex Marshes

What we're looking for

The South Essex Marshes are a landscape of wide open grazing marshes, lagoons, reed beds and flowery meadows, and are home to a huge array of rare and fascinating wildlife. The reserves are home to two of the rarest bumblebee species in the UK, the shrill and brown banded carder bee. We want to get a better picture of the presence and distribution of these species on the RSPB South Essex reserves, so we are looking for volunteers to undertake monthly bumblebee surveys, from March to October. Ideally you will be competent in identifying the different species of bumblebee, however training can be provided if there is enough demand.

The skills you need

Ideally you will be competent in the identification of bumblebee species, however training can be provided if there is enough need for it. You must be able to walk long distances over rough terrain outside, often in quite hot weather. A good eye for detail, to be able to notice different species of bumblebee, and good data recording skills for making notes in the field.

Your time

2 hours per month
March to October

What's in it for you?

The chance to gain an insight into how bumblebees are monitored for conservation purposes, and to play a hugely important role in the conservation of these charismatic insects. This is a great opportunity for those pursuing a career in conservation who may like to gain experience of ecological monitoring.

How to apply


Ruth Gillies, South Essex Marshes
Tel: 01268 498627
Email: Ruth.Gillies@rspb.org.uk


We will reimburse you for any out of pocket travel expenses and ensure you're supported fully in your role. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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