Volunteer Warden at Alde Mudflats


By Steve Aylward

We are looking for a new volunteer warden to undertake regular low tide waterbird feeding counts, and help look after our Alde Mudflats reserve.

Contact details

Andrew Excell South East Suffolk Sites Manager

01394 411019

Opportunity Type

Volunteer wardening of an intertidal mudflat reserve in an outstanding location on the Alde estuary. Find out more about Alde Mudflats

Contact Details

For more information on this role, please contact Andrew Excell, South east Suffolk Sites Manager on 01394 411019

What you’ll be doing

This role requires you to regularly count and record all birds using the intertidal mudflats on the reserve

Skills you’ll need

You will be a competent birder, and will need to have your own telescope, tripod and binoculars.  You’ll be confident with identification of wading bird and wildfowl species regularly seen on our estuaries and mudflats

What you’ll get out of it

You’ll be working in one of the most stunning locations in Suffolk, with huge, changing views across the estuary.  Excellent birdwatching is guaranteed!  You’ll also be contributing to a valuable data set on how birds are using the intertidal mudflats of the reserve over time.

The time you’ll need to give

You’ll need to commit to a minimum of 2 visits per month, every month of the year.  Each visit will take approximately 3 hours counting on site.

Other Info

Alde Mudflats are in quite a remote location surrounding Iken Church on the Suffolk coast.  Access to the recording viewpoints is through privately-owned land and is by permission of the landowners.  Lone working is expected, though this role could easily be undertaken by 2 people.  Full familiarisation with the reserve and its access locations will be provided at the start of the role.

The post is vacant now, so the role can start as soon as possible.