What we're looking for
Did you know, we face the risk of losing little terns from the Essex coastline, unless we can involve more people and raise understanding of the pressures affecting little tern populations on our shores? To help us do this, we are seeking a confident and engaging communicator, able to enthuse people about little tern conservation, as the lead of a small team of little tern advocates based around Hamford water and the Blackwater and Colne Estuaries. The role will include identifying community groups, businesses and services interested in getting involved in little tern conservation; distributing posters through the volunteer team to community partners; helping to organise one little tern event, and seeking ways for the volunteer team to raise public awareness about protecting little terns. There may also be opportunities to give presentations to specific groups interested in learning more about how they can help little terns. This role is an exciting opportunity to help shape and build a sustainable project and people engagement programme for little terns. The little tern is one of Britain's rarest breeding seabirds and has suffered chronic decline over the past 25 years in part due to the loss of suitable coastal breeding sites. Unfortunately, in Essex little terns are struggling to find a safe place to nest on our beaches due to increasing recreational activities, climate change, habitat loss and predation, as such their numbers are at a low ebb and colonies are restricted to remote and difficult to reach places. As a partner in the national EU LIFE little tern project, the RSPB in eastern England has worked to increase the population of little terns through restoration, creation and management of breeding sites; monitoring and protecting nesting terns and their young during the breeding season; and increasing public awareness to ensure support for the long term protection of little terns.