Newton Marsh Reserve Assistant

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Surveying wildlife
Ribble Reserves

What we're looking for

Newton marsh SSSI, near Freckleton, is a fantastic wetland marsh providing a home for large numbers of wintering wildfowl and wading birds. It is also a very productive site for breeding birds in the spring and summer, supporting a large density of lapwing, redshank and skylark nests. We need volunteer reserve assistants to keep an eye on the site and its anti-predator fence, which keeps all the ground-nesting birds safe as they nest and rear young. You will be our eyes and ears on the ground, checking the integrity of the fence and working as part of the reserve team to make repairs and improvements. You will also help with monitoring the breeding bird populations by completing surveys and helping with nest protection.

The skills you need

An interest in wildlife and nature conservation. Basic bird identification skills desirable. A reasonable level of fitness and a willingness to get stuck into practical tasks is required. An up-to-date tetanus vaccination is required.

Your time

1 - 2 days per month
All year round

What's in it for you?

You will be helping to save native British wildlife that has undergone huge declines in the past 50 years. Lapwing were once a common site in the wider countryside, but surveys have shown their numbers have declined as much as 80%. You will get training and learn about the workings of this special nature reserve. Volunteering in a natural green space can also contribute to people's wellbeing by improving physical and mental health.

How to apply


William Fox, Ribble Reserves
Tel: 01704 211690


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

Reference number 8552