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Learn About Nature Conservation
Spurn Lighthouse - photo by George Stoyle
Spurn National Nature Reserve (NNR) is the perfect place to learn about nature conservation. This 3.5 mile long sandy peninsular is home to an array of wildlife year round, and provides welcome landfall for migrating birds.

Spurn's unique landscape is a draw to many and the Trust is working to transform it into one of Britain's finest nature reserves, one which enhances the wildlife value of the area, where visitors are inspired by our rich natural heritage and where wildlife makes a positive contribution to the local economy through nature tourism.

To help us deliver this fantastic programme of work, which has been made possible thanks to support from National Lottery players, we are offering the opportunity for a number of new Trainees to complement the existing staff and volunteer team at Spurn. This will ideally be a residential placement with accommodation provided (utility bills paid) close to the reserve/onsite.

The Spurn Voluntary Trainees will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of tasks that encompass running a large visitor experience and nature reserve, some of which will include: assisting with the running of the Trust's education events, workshops and public events on the reserve and within the Spurn Lighthouse.

Helping with the development and delivery of conservation tasks across the reserve and participating in ecological surveys. Welcoming visitors to the reserve and ensuring they have a safe and enjoyable visit. Assisting with catering, retail and reception facilities.

Trainees at Spurn - photo by Marie Fooks
Heritage Officer Andrew Mason said:
"Many of our trainees have gone onto paid employment following their traineeship. Often they remark on the breadth of skill they have been able to develop during their time with us."

The Trust also offers the opportunity to expand your knowledge with its varied internal Trainee training programme, and provides a generous training budget for external training.

Former Spurn Voluntary Trainee Sarah White said:
"I was drawn to the traineeship at Spurn due to the variety of experience on offer and the unique reserve I would be based at, and I was not disappointed!

"As a reserve, Spurn is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Yorkshire with exciting wildlife and fascinating heritage to boot. Daily tasks varied from herding livestock and path cutting to helping run events and researching a bike-hire scheme.

"On top of these experiences, there were thrilling wildlife moments almost daily. From watching hares and finding badger setts to a close-up view of a stunning great-grey shrike, and almost daily encounters with hunting barn owls. The winter sunset over the Humber is a view I grew particularly fond of and will never forget."

For more information about the Spurn Voluntary Trainee scheme please call the Trust on 01904 659570 or visit their website www.ywt.org.uk.
Learn About Nature Conservation, 12th April 2017, 8:00 AM