Curlew Surveyor

Experienced bird surveyors, familiar with identifying curlew from sight and sound.

Tuesday 14 March 2017
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Midlands Regional Office

What we're looking for

Curlews are a globally threatened species, but still breed in the Upper Thames River Valleys in significant numbers each year. Their numbers on traditional sites are monitored separately, but we have very little information on their breeding success and behaviour over the spring and summer. We need skilled birdwatchers to help us identify where curlews are breeding, by taking detailed field observations on a weekly basis. Licensed staff then follow up to complete work at the nest itself.

The skills you need

We are looking for experienced birdwatchers with good identification skills who can commit to carrying out weekly visits over ten consecutive weeks during the breeding season. You must be able to get to (and from) rural sites early in the morning, and to walk moderate distances over rough terrain. You must be able to read maps and be able to communicate with land managers effectively and in a polite manner. You must respect the need to treat information about breeding birds confidentially. Experience of completing bird surveys and using BTO behaviour codes would be an advantage, although training on survey methodology will be provided.

Your time

Weekly visits for a 10 week period
April to July

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to develop your field skills and make a great contribution to the conservation of lowland curlews. Surveys allow access to some wonderful areas not open to the public, and a chance to get to know the landowners involved. This is an opportunity to spend a lot of time discretely watching beautiful curlews!

How to apply


Anna Broszkiewicz, Various locations


Travel expenses can be reimbursed. Please note surveyors in this role are not expected to need or seek contact with any nests. All project workers regard the welfare of the bird as the primary consideration. Please call Anna Broszkiewicz on 07736 722184 or email on the address below. Thank you. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Your time and skills could make a real difference.

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