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Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor (Southern England)

Reference: SEP20214948

Location: Brighton - SE Flexible (travel across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire)

Salary: £27,574.00 - £30,590.00 Per Annum

The turtle dove is the UK’s fastest declining bird species. There are many factors attributing to its decline both in the UK and overseas. Recently there have been some significant breakthroughs to cease the unsustainable hunting of turtle doves in Europe. This is a fantastic development, however suitable habitat and food availability is declining in their UK breeding ground. We are working hard with partner organisations to support turtle dove recovery and expansion throughout the landscape, working with farmers and landowners to provide vital feeding and breeding areas.

Would you like to join our team to lead the recovery of the turtle dove in the South of England?

About the Role:

We are seeking a confident and proactive Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor to work across the landscape with a focus on species recovery. You will work in Sussex however there are opportunities to expand your reach into Hampshire, Surrey, and West Kent, therefore being comfortable with regular long journeys in order to visit potential sites is essential. You will actively seek opportunities to create and enhance turtle dove feeding and nesting areas.

Using your advocacy and influence skills, you will work with farmers and landowners/ managers to provide advice on how they can enhance their land for turtle doves. Ensuring existing relationships are maintained as well as seeking out new opportunities. Managing a team of volunteers to monitor and assess current and potential sites.

Working together as part of the Turtle Dove Advisory and Delivery Group, keeping in contact with your counterparts across the country. Maintaining good project management and regularly contributing to the Delivery Group. As well as working with the local team, being supportive, by providing advice on potential turtle dove opportunities, sharing your ideas and knowledge.

You will need to be motivated and able to undertake independent learning, ensuring that you keep up to date with current grant schemes and best ecological practices relating to land management.

Although the focus is on turtle dove, you can use your network to promote and enhance habitat availability which will benefit a wide range of species. In the future, your role may focus on the recovery of other species.

Closing date: 20 October

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Closing Date: 20/10/2021  Location: RSPB England - Brighton - SE Flexible (travel across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire)

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