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Little Tern Project
Little Tern Project

Volunteering Opportunities

 

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.

 

Search our vacancies below to find opportunities in your area:

 

Denbighshire, Wales

 

Gronant Dunes

 

Just to the east of Prestatyn lies Gronant Dunes. The little terns breed at the most northern point on the shingle and have been breeding successfully at this point for over 40 years.

  • Access to the site is a ¾ mile walk from the main Shore Road car park at Gronant
  • A warden rota will start on Monday 15 May this year.  Usually the season is finished by the end of July.  The hours are flexible but it helps if you add your name to the rota sheet held on site
  • Training is provided either by the tern wardens present on site or by trained volunteers from the North Wales Little Tern Group
  • Please bring suitable clothing for all weathers as it is very changeable
  • North Wales Little Tern Group help out at other sites such as Point of Ayr

If you’d like to help protect this wonderful seabird at Gronant Dunes, please get in touch: email nwlittleterns@gmail.com or call Denbighshire Countryside Service on 01824 708313.

 

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East Yorkshire

 

Spurn Bird Observatory Trust

 

If you’d like to help protect this wonderful seabird in east Yorkshire, please get in touch: email Paul Collins at friendsofspurn@hotmail.com

 

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Norfolk

 

During the summer months, Norfolk is a stronghold for breeding little terns.  The beaches around the area are perfect for the terns, but are also very popular with tourists and locals alike, and this puts huge pressure on the easily disturbed birds.

 

Great Yarmouth and Winterton-on-sea

 

A team of volunteers will be stationed at the ‘Geodome’ located on Winterton beach.  The structure has been funded by Norfolk Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund and the EU LIFE+ Nature Programme and will provide shelter from which volunteers can monitor the little tern colony, and a hub for beach visitors to find out more about the special species.

 

If you’d like to help protect this wonderful seabird at Winterton, please get in touch: email norfolklittleterns@rspb.org.uk or call 01603 715191

 

Blakeney Point

 

Help protect and monitor little terns on Blakeney Point with the National Trust, as part of the Little Tern Project.

  • The role involves walking a mile along the shingle beach to be based on the edge of the colony, where a hide will be situated
  • You will be greeting visitors and telling them about the terns and the importance of not disturbing them
  • There will be the opportunity to get involved in little tern observations
  • Induction will take place in late April (date TBC but possibly 25th)

If you'd like to help protect this wonderful seabird on Blakeney Point, please get in touch: email Ajay Tegala, National Trust Coastal Ranger at ajay.tegala@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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Suffolk

 

Benacre and Kessingland

 

Thanks to funding from the EU LIFE+ Nature Programme and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB’s Touching the Tide project, the Little Tern Project is helping to ensure that our little terns have a successful trip to the Suffolk coast, and return to West Africa with a new brood in September.

 

A team of volunteers will be stationed at Benacre and Kessingland, (RSPB and Natural England sites) monitoring the little tern colonies and helping beach visitors find out more about the special species.

 

If you'd like to help protect this wonderful seabird in Suffolk, please get in touch with Annette Salkeld, RSPB North Suffolk Coast Reserves Warden on 01728 648780 or email annette.salkeld@rspb.org.uk

 

 

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Little Tern Recovery Project is generously supported by the EU LIFE+ Nature Programme