Lapwing and Breeding Wader Monitoring Volunteer - RSPB Dungeness nature reserve

Help us to monitor our population of lapwing and breeding waders by undertaking specific monitoring around the reserve throughout the Spring/Summer

Wednesday 25 November 2020
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation

What we're looking for

RSPB Dungeness nature reserve is a wonderful setting to volunteer, set back from the sea, boasting mile after mile of open shingle, fresh water pits, wet grassland and stunning wildflower meadows. Volunteers are an essential part of our overall workforce who directly contribute to the vital conservation work at Dungeness. We are looking for volunteers to help us monitor our breeding waders on the reserve (including lapwing and redshank) by counting the birds and identifying breeding behaviour including sitting on nests, chick alarming and displaying. This information helps us determine the current status of the population and whether the management we are currently undertaking is working or whether it needs developing.

The skills you need

Ideally the ability to identify the different waders, although this isn't essential as we can coach/train you in what to look out for before starting in role. Data sheets will be provided to help with monitoring of birds along with instructions on the different stages of chick development and breeding behaviour to look out for.

Your time

3-4 times per week between March to July
March to July each year

What's in it for you?

Meet new people, staff and volunteers alike. Learn more about the conservation work at Dungeness and across the RSPB. Fantastic opportunity to survey one of the few remaining breeding wader populations on the marsh up close. Work as part of a team to help determine breeding success and get to see parts of the reserve not accessible to the public.

How to apply


Craig Edwards, Dungeness
Tel: 01797 320588


We'd reimburse you for any out-of-pocket travel expenses and give you ongoing support in your role. The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. The RSPB is the UK Partner of the global federation of conservations organisations, BirdLife International

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