Blackwater Share Our Shores surveyor

Can you identify a ringed plover or an oyster catcher? Help is needed to establish a baseline breeding figure for beach-nesting birds around the Blackwater estuary in Essex

Wednesday 18 December 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Old Hall Marshes

What we're looking for

Monitors are required to help establish a baseline figure for breeding pairs of ringed plover and oystercatcher in the county with an initial focus on the Blackwater estuary during the 2020 breeding season. This data will enable the project to put together an action plan to help populations recover.

The skills you need

• Confidence in your ID skills • Your own binoculars or scope • Be comfortable walking a few miles, mostly along the sea wall and on uneven ground Full training and support will be given. You will be requested to visit an allocated stretch of the Blackwater and record breeding pairs of ringed plover, oystercatcher and little tern whilst also reporting on any human disturbance or predation experienced. We request that 3 visits are made during the breeding season which occurs between April and August.

Your time

3 visits to an area of the Blackwater during the breeding season between March and July
March - August 2020
Spring and Summer

What's in it for you?

Enjoy the beautiful coast of the Blackwater estuary with it's big skies, mud flats and salt marsh whilst helping to understand how the local population of beach-nesting birds is being affected by loss of habitat and recreational disturbance.

How to apply


Paul Davis, Old Hall Marshes
Tel: 01621 869015
Email: Paul.Davis@RSPB.ORG.UK


'Share Our Shores' is a new project due to be launched in the spring of 2020 with the key objective to increase the population of beach-nesting birds around our coasts. It builds on the success of recent work carried out by the Essex Little Tern recovery project that has established breeding pair data and pinpointed key breeding sites for little tern in the county. The focus will now be broadened to include other species who nest on our beaches including oystercatcher and ringed plover whose numbers are also threatened. The project is part of a wider partnership headed by the RSPB and Essex Wildlife Trust and will include conservation work and a campaign to raise awareness of the disturbance issues facing all beach-besting birds. We'd ensure that you're reimbursed for any out of pocket travel expenses & provide you with ongoing support in your role

Reference number 9144