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Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities

Get "hands-on" in the fight to save the Little Tern

Every summer, teams of volunteer little tern wardens support the Little Tern Project by monitoring the beaches at sites around the UK where these special birds make their homes.

Volunteering at a little tern colony provides an opportunity to meet new people and be part of a team working on some of the most beautiful beaches around the UK.

You can learn more about bird ecology and witness the drama of an active tern colony, following these endearing birds as they raise their young from tiny bundles of fluff to intrepid fledglings before they fly back to West Africa for the winter.

No specific skills are required, as all training will be provided. You will need to be fairly physically fit as some walking is necessary at some colonies, as is working outdoors in all weather conditions. Bird identification skills are not essential but would be useful.

Duties vary, but can include nest protection and monitoring as well as talking with the public about the project.

In 2018 2 nests were raised at RSPB Old Hall Marshes to protect them from an unusually high tide:

"The whole experience of producing the decoys, monitoring the birds and being intrinsically involved in the intervention to save the nests was extremely fulfilling. We had taken action and that action did make a difference. The young of an extremely endangered species had survived as a direct result of my volunteering efforts and to see the fledgling birds take flight later in the season starting their migration to their winter feeding grounds in West Africa was highly rewarding.

And I’d like to think that my decoys were the reason they were there in the first place but, I’m afraid, we will never know."

Paul Davis - Project coordinator - Essex Little Tern Group

Essex coast

Contact: Paul Davis
Email: Paul.Davis@rspb.org.uk
or email: oldhallmarshes@rspb.org.uk
Phone: 07763581789

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Benacre and Kessingland, Suffolk

Contact: Katie Fairhurst, RSPB North Suffolk Coast Reserves Warden
Email: katie.fairhurst@rspb.org.uk
Phone: 01728 648780

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Blakeney Point

Contact: Stephen Prowse
Email: stephen.prowse@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Great Yarmouth and Winterton-on-sea

Email: norfolklittleterns@rspb.org.uk
or email: Sarah.Gelpke@rspb.org.uk
Phone: 01603 660066

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Spurn Bird Observatory Trust

Contact: Paul Collins
Email: friendsofspurn@hotmail.com

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Gronant Dunes, Denbighshire, Wales

Email: nwlittleterns@gmail.com
Phone: 01824 708313 (Denbighshire Countryside Service)

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