Farmland Bumblebee & pollinators surveyor, Central Wiltshire

Into bumblebees and other pollinators? A great chance to learn & develop your survey skills.

Monday 12 July 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

Are you into your bumblebees and other insect pollinators? Then this could be the role for you. We are looking for volunteers in Central Wiltshire to help make a difference to our farmland wildlife by • Undertaking surveys of farmland to determine the presence of bumblebees and other pollinators. • 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. You'd be expected to attend a one-day field training course at Winterbourne Downs Nature Reserve this summer, with surveys on a farm in subsequent years based upon the request of a farmer participating in the project. The pollinators surveys require 6x10 minute counts per session (monthly) and the bee survey is a 1-2km walk, taking approximately 1 hour each month as a minimum.

The skills you need

You need to be able to identify the common bumblebees, to be able to identify pollinators into broad groups, 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, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Buglife; 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

2-3 hours of surveying each month
Training Summer 2021, surveys March-Sept 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 bumblebees and other pollinators from our partner organisations, Buglife and Bumblebee Conservation Trust 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


Heather Dixon, At home


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 9427