What we're looking for
The South Essex Marshes are a landscape of wide open grazing marshes, lagoons, reedbeds and flowery meadows, and are home to a huge array of rare and fascinating wildlife. The reserves are home to important populations of the rare and declining water vole. We want to maintain a consistent picture of the presence and distribution of the water vole on the RSPB South Essex reserves, to better inform the habitat management we carry out to provide for them, and to monitor their general progress year to year. We are looking for volunteers to undertake water vole surveys, by way of recording field signs, in April and September. We will introduce you to the basic mammal field sign identification skills you need, especially those of water vole, and provide a general knowledge of their ecology. You will need to have good eye for detail and strong map reading skills too.