Volunteering on the Isle of May 2018

Monday 5th February comments: The Isle of May NNR is looking for somebody special. Are you looking for a unique opportunity to work on one of the country’s top seabird reserves? You may be looking to gain the experience required to get your first job in conservation or a student looking for a rewarding summer placement or even looking for a career change. Then look no further.

We are offering long-term volunteer placements on the Isle of May NNR which will give you the opportunity to work on this stunning National Nature Reserve. You will be involved in all aspects of the May with a range of monitoring, maintenance and visitor management tasks that will help with the management of the NNR.

Main Tasks

  • Species Monitoring: Carry out species monitoring work on ground nesting Arctic Terns (studying the success rate of the nesting attempts) and may include ringing of young as well as population counting.
  • Recording; help to maintain the daily bird log, recording butterflies and moths, carrying out tern predation monitoring and cetacean watches amongst others.
  • Visitor management when the visitor boats are on the island. Everyday visitors are landed on the island for up to three hours. The volunteers will patrol the paths chatting with visitors to explain the natural history that they can see while ensuring visitors act responsibly as well as manning the lighthouse.
  • Undertaking practical maintenance works as and when needed to maintain the visitor infrastructure, the field station and enhances habitats and species. This can include all aspects of the reserve from toilet cleaning to practical habitat management.


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