Twite Project Volunteer - South Pennines

Wednesday 20 November 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

The Twite Recovery Project is looking for up to 10 volunteers who enjoy surveying plants and birds while being outdoors in the beautiful South Pennines, specifically farms and upland locations near Marsden, Meltham, Rishworth, Littleborough and Shawforth. This area is the last remaining stronghold for the endangered twite in England, and we are running several interventions to try and halt the decline of this rare and charismatic finch. We couldn't do this crucial conservation work without the help of our fantastic volunteers and we are hoping to increase our impact in 2020 and really make a difference in the fortunes of the twite. We are looking for 2 types of volunteers: 1. Vegetation surveying – this will involve looking for key twite food plants before, during and after a scientific trial. We can provide training on plant identification. Time commitment: approximately 4 hrs, once per month, for 3 months. 2. Twite surveying/supplementary feeding – this will involve putting out food for twite and/or surveying twite. The ideal volunteer will already have some field skills in bird identification, but we can also offer training on twite ID. Time commitment: approximately 1 hour, 1-2 times per week, for four months.

The skills you need

You will need to be fit and healthy as the terrain can be rough and steep. Some bird identification skills would be ideal, but we can train for plant and twite ID if needed. You will need a can-do attitude and enthusiasm for scientifically-driven conservation work. You need a willingness to participate in health and safety training and undertake lone work in a safe and conscientious manner.

Your time

varies - see notes
March - August 2020

What's in it for you?

You will be volunteering in one of England's most dramatic upland landscapes, the South Pennines, with the chance to see a beautiful and rare bird. You will be trained in field skills in botanical and/or bird identification. You will work with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers and make a practical and substantial contribution to the conservation of a vulnerable species. You will see real, on-the-ground conservation science in action as we trial different interventions which are driven by sound, scientific principles.

How to apply


Seonaidh Jamieson, Northern Eng Reg Office, Denby Dale
Tel: 01484 861148
Email: Seonaidh.Jamieson@RSPB.ORG.UK


Days out in the field will require sturdy footwear, waterproof clothing and even sun cream and a hat! The weather can be very changeable in the South Pennines. You will need your own transport as some of the farms are in isolated locations and cannot be reached by public transportation. Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. The RSPB is a UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. 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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