What we're looking for
We are looking for Volunteer Rangers to help patrol our 1000ha-plus reserves at Pagham Harbour & Medmerry, encouraging coastal users to share the reserve appropriately with our beach nesting and over-wintering birds. Our aim is to help people enjoy our nature reserves without disturbing the species that breed and over-winter here. Due to development and population increases along the coast, more recreational activities are occurring that can cause disturbance to our birds with detrimental effects. The birds need our help, and we want to make sure they get the best possible chance of survival. This is where you come in! Primary tasks would include: - Enhancing the enjoyment of RSPB Pagham Harbour and Medmerry nature reserves for all visitors, from all user groups, of all ages and all levels of experience and knowledge of nature, using positive face-to-face engagement. - Spending your days out on our large sites, being additional eyes on the ground, talking to our visitors and watching the wildlife. - Watching out for bird disturbance and making people aware of its impact on birds, promoting behaviour change and how everyone can do their bit to protect them. - Disturbance and visitor engagement data recording and collection. - Reporting any incidents or issues to on-site staff. - Where appropriate and safe, dealing with any misuse of the site and provide guidance on proper use to visitors with the support of RSPB staff. - Engaging with the public, helping with bird identification, directions, guidance, what to see and encouraging the sharing of information. - Reconnecting people with nature and helping to update our bird sightings log to share with visitors. NOTE: If this specific role of practical conservation and public engagement does not suit you currently, we encourage you to contact us if you have other skills around community engagement or organisation and administration. You could still play an essential role in supporting the ranger team.