What we're looking for
As part of the RSPB's Saving Nature Scheme, we are looking for an enthusiastic and organised person to help coordinate the activities of survey volunteers monitoring Montagu's Harriers in East Anglia from April to August. Mostly home based, with very occasional visits to field volunteers, your role will hours, claiming expenses and ensuring effective communication between the volunteer team and RSPB Montagu's Harrier Project staff. If you are interested, (but this is not obligatory) in taking part in surveys as well, you will be trained in monitoring Montagu's Harriers by a Montagu's Harrier team member. The Montagu's Harrier is the rarest breeding raptor in the UK, visiting the UK in the summer and migrating to West Africa over winter. The UK population of Montagu's Harriers appear to be in decline with breeding success variable year to year, and its status is precarious with each pair needing special protection. Montagu's Harriers nest on the ground, often on arable farm land. This can result in unintentional nest destruction by land owners during harvest operations, and the risk of predation by mammals and other bird species. Low level persecution is also suspected, with adult birds vanishing on three occasions in recent years, so the RSPB continues to closely monitor these birds. The on-going success of Montagu's Harriers is therefore reliant on the continued efforts of RSPB staff, volunteers, farmers & landowners to protect nests and ensure the population continues to remain at a sustainable level.