Beached Bird Surveyor

RSPB Cymru

Beaches across Wales

Volunteer • Part Time 029 20 353015 Amy Doore

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 26th February 2018   3 days left

This long running national survey monitors trends in oil pollution affecting seabirds and beaches. The RSPB needs to increase its survey coverage - we have many accessible beaches without an allocated surveyor. Your local beach needs you!

The survey involves walking the most recent high tide line (strandline) of an agreed stretch of accessible sandy or pebble beach to record accurately any evidence of pollution, such as oil, and the number and species of any 'beached' seabirds. 

This survey will need to be completed during the 24 and 25 February 2018.

You'll need basic seabird identification skills including a familiarity with the winter plumage etc of some species. Can you tell a razorbill from a guillemot, a herring gull from a kittiwake, a shag from a cormorant? You'll need to be familiar with these and other bird species - such as gannets and oystercatchers - commonly encountered at sea or on shore.

You'll need to be physically fit and mobile enough to access and walk along your allocated survey beach. The distance will vary, but we're probably talking about a maximum of 6km (3-4 miles) and back.

What else? The ability to read an OS map to get grid references for your survey start and end points would be helpful. The beaches surveyed are typically those that attract families in summer and dog walkers in winter - so no rock climbing or scrambling involved!

You might occasionally encounter dead (or live 'beached') birds - so you need to be prepared for this.

Beached Bird Surveys do not involve the collection or treatment of any live, polluted birds you might find. Instead, we work closely with welfare organisations such as the RSPCA to do this. We are a conservation charity and don't have the expertise or resources to collect and treat live casualties.

Please contact us to find out more and to be assigned a beach to survey. 

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