Cirl Bunting Feeding Monitor

On Powderham Marshes, we are extremely fortunate to have a small population of Cirl Buntings. Now completely confined to South West England, this charming relative of the Yellowhammer needs your help!

Posted:
Thursday 29 August 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Location:
Exe Estuary Reserve

What we're looking for

Powderham Marshes is a reserve featuring marshland and wetland habitats with canals and rivers, and arable fields managed for farmland birds. We keep this special place just the way the birds like them, by cutting the grass for hay and controlling the water levels. Grazing cattle help keep the grass just the right length. We also manage the arable fields by planting and stubbling the crops, managing hedgerows and buffer strips. On this reserve, we are extremely fortunate to have a small population of Cirl Buntings! Now completely confined to South West England, this charming relative of the Yellowhammer needs your help. We need enthusiastic, outgoing individuals to monitor and top up the various feeding areas we have for them, so that we may see Cirl Buntings thrive and make a comeback!

The skills you need

None! Just your enthusiasm!

Your time

Minimum:
Several visits a week – flexible
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
Year Round

What's in it for you?

This is a very special opportunity to see one of South West England's beautiful birds as they move between fields and hedges. You'll be directly contributing to the success of these birds locally, and help to make Powderham Marshes a stronghold for them. You'll also have the added bonus of seeing lots of other wildlife! This is a great chance to get outdoors, explore and help a species in need. You'll also be able to get to know the team and local RSPB work, and be able to develop new skills too.

How to apply

Contact

Eleanor Woolway, Exe Estuary Reserve
Tel: 01392 833111
Email: devon.reserves@rspb.org.uk

Notes

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.

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