What we're looking for
As part of the RSPB's Saving Nature Scheme, we are looking for flexible and enthusiastic people to help with the monitoring and protection of Montagu's Harriers in eastern England. 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 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. Field based, we need you to search for and locate Montagu's Harriers in specific areas around Norfolk, dependent on your circumstances and where survey need is greatest. Once birds are located, we would like you to continue to observe and monitor the birds for signs of nesting and young. We may also need you to support protection activities too.