Farmland Butterfly Surveyors, South and East Devon

Into butterflies? This is a great opportunity to develop your survey skills, inform farmers of the species found on their farms and contribute to the conservation of butterflies.

Monday 5 July 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

Are you into your butterflies? Then this could be the role for you. We are looking for volunteers in South and East Devon to help make a difference to our farmland wildlife by • Undertaking surveys of farmland to determine the presence of butterflies. • 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 to be able to identify the common butterflies, and to be proficient in map reading. You'll need to be able to organise your own travel to and from farmland and be able to traverse the survey route which is often off-path and over rough ground. In addition it is important that you have an enthusiasm for conservation and can act as an ambassador for the RSPB and Butterfly Conservation; 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

A minimum of 5 surveys of approx. 2 hours each over 4 months.
Initially 1 season, with potential for more.
Training July 2021, surveys Spring/Summer 2022.

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to be an ambassador for the RSPB and use your skills to make a difference in our countryside. You'll receive specialist training in survey techniques for butterflies from our partner organisation, Butterfly Conservation which will add to your skill set. Being outside in nature doing something you enjoy is a chance to boost your wellbeing, and you'll also get the opportunity to observe wildlife on land where there is no public access. As a mentor, you'll be able to pass on your skills to others and meet likeminded people.

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. Travel and out-of-pocket expenses can be re-imbursed.

Reference number 9407