Residential Volunteer, Coquet Island


Coquet Island, Northumbria

Volunteer • Full Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Available now: June until mid-July

Please apply ASAP


Coquet Island, about one mile off Amble, Northumberland, is occupied by the RSPB in spring and summer. It’s home to a large colony of nesting seabirds. It has the only UK colony of roseate terns and has nesting Sandwich, Arctic and common terns. Placements are outside the main breeding season and focus on practical seabird habitat work.


The work on Coquet is at the mercy of the tide, weather and light. Practical work involves grassland management, habitat restoration and creation, and infrastructure maintenance.


Railway station at Alnmouth (6 miles/8km from Amble harbour). Lifts are available from the station, and buses run between Alnwick and Ashington, stopping at Amble (Monday to Saturday). We have a rigid inflatable boat, moored at Amble Marina, and volunteers must be able to climb in and out of it, often in rough seas, and traverse very uneven and rocky terrain. There are two single bedrooms in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The kitchen and office are in the old engineers’ quarters to the rear.

Note: there is no mains water on the island, but a recently commissioned desalination plant produces water for drinking, cooking and washing. There is a shower, but with limited water and 110v. Trips to the mainland are approximately once a week. Lighting is a solar system with a 240v generator for back up. We cook on gas and heating is a log burner fed with driftwood.

What's in it for you

Since you will be living on the reserve, this is a truly immersive volunteering experience. You will have the opportunity to work in a beautiful wildlife-rich setting and will get the satisfaction of doing something to help nature and see the direct results of your action.

We will help you gain skills and give you an invaluable insight into our essential work

If interested please call Paul on 07811 191928.

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