What we're looking for
We are developing a new team of beach nesting bird volunteers to help safeguard little terns, ringed plovers, oystercatchers and other at Pagham Harbour and Medmerry nature reserves. Just like us, shorebirds love spending time on the beach in summer, but they use the beach to nest and raise their chicks. They create their nests directly on the sand and shingle, incubate the eggs and raise chicks along our beaches. Now more than ever, as we are coming out of lockdown, the beaches are becoming more crowded. Beach nesting birds have already seen massive declines over the years due to disturbance from beach visitors and predators, as well as rising sea levels and habitat loss. Conservation efforts and intensive management of breeding sites have helped to stabilise some populations, especially at Pagham Harbour, but they still struggle to breed and raise young successfully on our shores. We want to make sure they're protected and this is where you come in! Tasks would include: Monitoring the beach nesting colonies from a distance the adults, nests and chicks - and to track their progress. Talking to beach visitors about the threats they face and how everyone can do their bit to help protect them. We'd train you in everything you need to know before starting in role and of course, provide you with ongoing support. 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!