What we're looking for
The little tern is one of the UK's rarest seabirds and has suffered chronic decline over the past 25 years. Human intervention and intensive management of breeding sites have helped to stabilise little tern populations, but they still struggle to breed and raise young successfully on our shores because they are easily disturbed by beach visitors and predators, as well as rising sea levels and habitat loss. They also share their colonies with other beach nesting birds, including ringed plovers. This volunteer role is to join an existing group of beach nesting bird volunteers at Kessingland in Suffolk. Suffolk has historically been a stronghold for the species, yet their breeding population has fluctuated over the past few years. The RSPB and partners seek to help little terns populations in Suffolk recover to a stable and sustainable level, but we need your help. Your role would include talking to beach visitors about the threats they face and how everyone can do their bit to help protect them. You would also monitor adults, nests and young, record predator activity, and assist with the protection of these important colonies. NOTE: If this specific role of practical conservation and public engagement does not suit you at this time, we encourage you to contact us if you have other skills around community engagement or organisation and administration, as you could still play an essential role in supporting the beach nesting bird colonies. It only takes a few passionate volunteers to change their fate!