Swifts over Macclesfield Surveyor

Location: Lower Nabs Farm, Wildboarclough
Macclesfield
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We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled birder to help us survey swifts in Macclesfield. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody to have a real impact on local conservation, helping us to understand where and how swifts use Macclesfield as well as the special nestboxes we have installed.

Position details

Commitment

Any Day

Frequency

Monthly

ROLE TITLE -  Swifts over Macclesfield Surveyor
TERM -  6 - 9 Months
TEAM -  Area East
WORKING BASE  - The role requires you to do surveys across Macclesfield, so there is no fixed base. The Area East team is based at Lower Nabs Farm, Wildboarclough where you might have to visit for training and other admin.
RESPONSIBLE TO - Wild Communities Officer East

ROLE DESCRIPTION
We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled birder to help us survey swifts in Macclesfield. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody to have a real impact on local conservation, helping us to understand where and how swifts use Macclesfield as well as the special nestboxes we have installed.
 
You will have a true passion for wildlife conservation and be especially interested in birds. Good bird ID skills are favourable, but not essential as training can be provided. The ability to learn quickly and to be patient when surveying are essential skills for this role.  

MAIN TASKS
Surveying & Monitoring: Working alongside CWT staff and volunteers from Swifts over Macclesfield, you will help us to monitor swifts across Macclesfield. This will include recording any swift sightings, alongside their behaviour so we can assess where in the town they are likely to be breeding. The role will also require you to observe pre-installed nestboxes, looking for birds entering/exiting them, as well as for ‘bangers’ (where young birds investigate boxes in prep for the next breeding season). You will record all of this information and report it back to Swifts over Macclesfield so they can be strategic in where they concentrate their efforts going forward.

Practical Arrangements
•  This is a 6 - 9 month long volunteer role starting in April 2020.  Flexible days can be accommodated, with the main survey season being from early May to late August. Surveys are best done in the early morning or at dusk, but surveys done at any time of the day will be helpful.
•   You will be based within our Area East team, but you may also liaise directly to Swifts over Macclesfield Leaders.

Benefits and Training
•    Training will be provided so you understand how to identify swifts and their behaviour.
•    You will meet like-minded local people, making this a brilliant role for someone social.
•    You will be helping wildlife on your doorstep, providing a sense of giving back to your local community.

Volunteer Specification
We are looking for someone with the following qualities and abilities:

•    A passion for British wildlife and conservation.
•    A basic understanding of bird identification is desirable.
•    Enjoys working with the public
•    Reliable and capable of following a methodology
•    Friendly and approachable nature
•    Ability to get along with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds
•    Ability to work both alone and as part of a small team

How to Apply:
If you are interested in this volunteer role then please register your interest at volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk

Closing date:
26th March 2020
Please ensure your interest is registered as soon as possible.