What we're looking for
Chesil Beach in Dorset has the only little tern colony in South West England. This small but significant colony suffered serious declines from the late 1990s and in 2009, no birds nested at all. Since then the RSPB, with other local partners, set up a new protection project. Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers the colony is now recovering, going from strength to strength. We need to recruit a team of residential volunteers to work alongside the local volunteer team and Project Officer to help ensure the terns have a successful season. The colony is monitored 24 hrs, 7 days a week as little terns are also under threat at night, especially from predators. This is where your help is critical. We need to recruit three full-time Night Shift residential volunteers who will work in shifts, keeping constant watch and patrolling to prevent predation events and human disturbance impacting the terns. In addition there will be some daytime opportunities to raise awareness by talking to people and assisting with events. We also need to recruit one full-time residential volunteer as Project Assistant to undertake a broad ranging role that will involving wardening the little tern colony to prevent predation and human disturbance and raise awareness by talking to people and assisting with events. There will be a requirement to do some night shifts which will help the successful applicant to gain wider experience of the project and protection needs of the terns.