Farmland Liaison Volunteer, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Surveying farmland for birds and other wildlife and facilitating support for wildlife friendly farming.

Wednesday 5 May 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

We are looking for experienced survey volunteers around Ely, Cambridgeshire to help make a difference to our farmland birds and wildlife by - Undertaking surveys of farmland to determine the presence of farmland birds. - Developing and building relationships with farmers and land managers. - Facilitating support for wildlife friendly land management. - Supporting the development of farmers as advocates. - As an option in the future, supporting less experienced volunteers by acting as a mentor.

The skills you need

You need sound bird identification skills, and to be proficient in map reading. You'll need to be able to organise your own travel to and from the farmland, and be able to traverse the survey route which is often off-path and over rough ground. Previous bird survey experience is essential for this role, including BBS and TTV methodologies. In addition it is important that you have an enthusiasm for conservation and can act as an ambassador for RSPB; tact and diplomacy is vital, as are good interpersonal and communication skills as you will be building and maintaining a relationship with the farmer. The ability to work with sensitive data and adhere to GDPR guidelines is also paramount.

Your time

3 surveys & initial and follow up meetings with the farmer
Initially 2021
May and June

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to be an ambassador for RSPB and use your skills to make a difference in our countryside. You'll be able to improve your knowledge of agriculture and farming, and may have the opportunity to observe birds on land where there is no public access. Support will be ongoing, and there may be the opportunity to receive training in survey techniques for other species such as bats, bees and pollinators.

How to apply


Jenny Atkins, UKHQ ConsSci, Monitoring and Survey
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training (such as GDPR) will be provided and ongoing support in your role will be given. Travel and out-of-pocket expenses can be re-imbursed. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way.

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