"Roaring stags, bountiful birdlife and tranquil scenery – get involved in conservation efforts in coastal Suffolk."
The east of England is home to a myriad of nature reserves, and is undoubtedly vitally important for British wildlife conservation – and you could be part of it! As a volunteer on this project, you will be visiting one of the best spots in the country for viewing wildlife, except you’ll do more than just watching it. Your work will take place at two adjacent nature reserves: firstly, RSPB Minsmere, the society’s flagship reserve, and home to some of the best birdwatching experiences in the UK. Secondly, the National Trust’s Dunwich Heath, a patchwork of forest and heathland that is home to an array of rare species.
So what will be your role? Aside from staying in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will be partaking in the all-important conservation work that has put these sites on the map. You’ll clear scrublands and monitor the mighty red deer rut, one of the natures highlights in autumn. Not only that, but you will also be coppicing wooded areas and surveying mammals of a smaller variety – more like shrews and voles. Staying in renovated farm buildings, you will experience the best of rustic Suffolk. On this project, you will soon understand what attracted BBC Springwatch to this amazing wildlife hotspot.
East Anglia plays host to some of the most important nature reserves in the country, making the area a hugely significant part of wildlife conservation in the UK. It has a network of relatively unique habitats that attract exceptionally rare species that are often scarcely found elsewhere. The project site itself is no different as it has provided several conservation milestones in recovering species such as avocets, bitterns and marsh harriers. As an area to both conserve and view wildlife, its plethora of habitats makes for an astounding diversity of species. However, if the site is to continue to preserve vulnerable wildlife, careful maintenance and monitoring is required, hence the importance of this project.
The hope is that the work undertaken during this project will have wider benefits beyond just the Suffolk coast. By surveying red deer, the data collected will be used to understand and evaluate the impact that these mammals have on vegetation and ultimately habitat development. The heathland management, including coppicing and fencing, aims to create suitable conditions for nesting birds and other heathland specialist species such as adders, Dartford warblers and nightjars. It also ensures that the habitats remain varied without succession, meaning that the vast diversity of species found in the area is correctly maintained.
- This trip will run from the 24th to the 30th of September 2017
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person
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- All field training in the necessary conservation and research skills and techniques - no prior experience necessary!
- All meals
- Any services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator!