Friday 2 June 2017
Vacancy type:
I've got less than an hour
Various locations

What we're looking for

Puffarazzi is the RSPB's new citizen science project and a big part of our Project Puffin, which aims to improve understanding of puffin declines in the UK. Between June and July, we want you to send us photos of these much-loved birds with fish in their bills. Collecting photos of puffins from across the UK will help us work out what they're feeding their growing chicks, as reduced availability of fish could be one of the barriers facing puffin conservation.

The skills you need

There are many opportunities to get involved. We're looking for Puffarazzi to visit as many puffin colonies as possible, to give us a nationwide overview. Many RSPB reserves provide excellent access for budding Puffarrazzi, including Bempton Cliffs, Dunnet Head, South Stack and Sumburgh Head. There are also several non-RSPB reserves with good access for puffin photographers, including the Farne Islands (National Trust), Isle of May (Scottish National Heritage), Fair Isle (National Trust/Fair Isle Bird Observatory) and Skomer (Wildlife Trust). You can find a map showing where puffins breed in the UK on our website.

Your time

up to 15 minutes or up to an hour
All year round

What's in it for you?

Thanks to a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, we have an opportunity to change the future for puffins. Our team of 'Puffineers' is spending the summer researching how puffin numbers are changing over the years, where they're going to collect fish for their growing pufflings and what kind of fish they're able to find. Recruiting Puffarrazzi from around the country to take photos of puffins with fish in their bills is essential for understanding what puffins in different colonies are eating. And it's a great to get involved with a citizen science project. If we work as a team, we can help save this amazing bird from extinction.

How to apply


Volunteering Co-ordinator, Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551
Email: Volunteers@rspb.org.uk


Go to our Project Puffin webpage to find out more . You can find out more information on where to go to see puffins, guidelines on the dos and don'ts of photographing wild birds and how to keep yourself and the puffins safe. There are also details about how we'll use submitted photos as part of our research. If you use Twitter, you can follow #ProjectPuffinUK for updates. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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