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.