RSPB NI – Reserve Biodiversity Monitor and Surveyor (Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies at Montiaghs Moss)


Our nature reserves are special places for people and wildlife. We need volunteers to complete a variety of surveys to collect essential data. This science will contribute to habitat management, inform policy and help influence external organisations.

It might seem like these wild places have always just been there. But quite often we have to work really hard to maintain habitats to be in the best condition for wildlife. We have lost a lot of wild landscapes, so the small places that we do have, need a bit of extra care.

In order to ensure that the work we are doing is having the right impact for wildlife. Our survey work helps to inform the conservation work we do.

This is a really interesting role and will involve:

  • Surveying wildlife on the reserve- particularly dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.
  • Input surveying data to the database or submitting it for another individual to input.
  • Following the RSPB policy for lone working and holding sensitive data.

We will offer training in ID and surveying skills to ensure that you are prepared for each individual survey.

The skills required for this role will be dependent on what species are being monitored/surveyed.

  • Experience observing wildlife and a good knowledge of wildlife (or a willingness to increase your identification and/or survey knowledge to undertake this role).
  • Organisation skills, to be able to keep reliable records of what has been seen.
  • IT skills for submitting records and keeping in touch.
  • Ability to work independently, or possibly in a small team.
  • Be available on a rota style system for the monitoring period April – October.

Successful applicants will need to apply for a wildlife license to monitoring for Irish damselfly.

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