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.