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Are you a nature enthusiast? Be part of the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project

Gardening / Outdoor work volunteers needed for Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre

Are you a nature enthusiast? Do you have experience in species identification and wildlife surveys? Would you like the opportunity to visit protected sites, contribute to TVERC’s records, and play a role in the success of the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project? You may be able to help us with survey work!

Please note: Surveys and procedures are constantly being reviewed and will be undertaken in line with the latest UK government and CIEEMs advice on Covid-19.

About the role:
Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) are looking for enthusiastic volunteer naturalists with good identification skills and an ability to work alone in the field to help out with additional species surveys on a range of Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) across the county of Berkshire in 2021. The LWS’s cover a range of habitat types including woodland, wetland, heathland, bog and grassland, and have the potential to support a variety of rare species.

The findings of these surveys will feed into the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project and inform decisions on how to develop and manage land sustainably and where to direct wildlife conservation work.

The LWS project aims to assess sites against the selection criteria every 10 years. In order to do this TVERC has the resources to carry out a habitat survey; however, many sites may be eligible to meet the LWS criteria based on their value for rare species and/or important species assemblages. At present, TVERC staff do not have the capacity to conduct the additional surveys required for a comprehensive assessment against all the criteria. Volunteer recorders and recording groups/schemes are vital to helping us collect the additional records required to assess sites.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • visit notable sites which may not be accessible to the general public
  • gain experience of recording and enhance your field skills
  • work alongside enthusiastic and professional ecologists
  • contribute to a valuable resource for conservation

Where:
Local Wildlife Sites in West Berkshire, Reading, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), Bracknell Forest and Wokingham (to be discussed)

The volunteer will ideally:

  • Be experienced in species identification, possibly with expert knowledge in specific taxonomic groups or species
  • Good map reading skills
  • An ability to work alone in the field
  • An ability to travel independently to remote sites
  • An enthusiasm for wildlife and nature conservation

You will need to register with TVERC as a volunteer and agree to follow our H&S and lone working guidelines. Travel expenses will be reimbursed (up to £20/day).

About TVERC:
Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) collects, analyses and shares geodiversity and biodiversity information in Berkshire and Oxfordshire to help people make sound decisions about how to develop and manage land sustainably and where to direct wildlife conservation work.

Contact person firstname
Caitlin Coombs, Berkshire Biodivesity Officer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07515732121
Contact instructions?
To register your interest:
Please contact Caitlin Coombs, TVERC Biodiversity Officer, and we can discuss which sites you may be interested in and make further arrangements.
caitlin.coombs@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Location description
Across Berkshire
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Flexible working, no minimum or maximum number of hours
Task type?
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloPrecise and methodicalWants to get out and aboutEnjoys working outside
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
No
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Regular contact with Biodiversity Officer. You will be provided with identification resources, maps, survey guidelines and survey forms to aid your surveys
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
You will need to register with TVERC as a volunteer and agree to follow our H&S and lone working guidelines. Travel expenses will be reimbursed (up to £20/day).
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
No
Will there be an interview?
No
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
100
Opportunity added on
4 March 2021