Reserves Officer East Cambridgeshire – part time 4 days (30 hours) a week.
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Salary: £21,800 per annum (pro rata)
We are seeking an experienced Reserves Officer to work with reserves staff, key volunteers, and wardens in order to deliver practical reserve management across Cambridgeshire nature reserves in accordance with management plans, health and safety policies and procedures and all other statutory obligations.
Contract type: Fixed termWorking hours: Part time
Location: The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, CB23 6DH
Gain valuable experience working with wildlife and young people on a 12 month placement with the Trust based at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. Inspire children and young people about the natural world through a variety of educational workshop programmes and outreach activities.
Charles Rothschild had founded the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (SPNR - now The Wildlife Trusts) in May 1912, with the objective of protecting special places for wildlife. Over the next three years, Charles Rothschild coordinated a national survey of wildlife sites 'worthy of preservation' in Britain and Ireland. What was new about this approach to preserving ‘wild life’ was that it focused on preserving the habitat rather than just the individual species within it. At a time when the majority of conservationists were focusing on individual species, Rothschild recognised that places needed protection too. By 1915, the SNPR had compiled a list of 284 sites 'worthy of preservation' - the Rothschild Reserves.
Questionnaires were sent to members and to local natural history groups. The wider public, who read about the Society in the newspapers, also wrote in. The SPNR sent its members to survey sites to establish their wildlife value, collecting information about the habitat and species found. The landowner was always established; at the time, they intended to purchase the land, turn it into nature reserves and hand it over to the National Trust to manage under special conditions. It was believed that it was better to fence off nature and leave it to its own devices, rather than practically manage it - a view that has evolved over time.
The elite conservation crusaders shook their fists at progress in their quest for ‘primeval country’ and their desire to shut it off, but soon problems arose. The outbreak of war meant priorities lay firmly elsewhere, and enquiring minds, hungry for information about the British landscape, were not so welcome in an age of foreign spies. Ownership was often complicated and belonged to more than one person, the National Trust became increasingly cooler to the idea, and the Government's Board of Agriculture, while sympathetic, refused to become actively involved.
The list provides a unique portrait of the natural landscape almost a century ago, and provides a fascinating, and in some cases worrying, point of comparison for today
It was not until after Rothschild's death in 1920 that the creation of the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act made nature conservation part of the law in 1949. Finally Rothschild's original vision of protecting Britain's most important places for wildlife was coming to pass. This set up the first Government's conservation agency (the Nature Conservancy Council), and the first National Parks and protected wildlife sites (Sites of Special Scientific Interest - SSSIs).
Woodwalton Fen, Rothschild reserve 156
Roudsea Wood, Rothschild Reserve number 227
Rothschild Reserve number 76, Mendips, Cheddar Gorge
Rothschild Reserve number 60, Box Hill, Dorking
Rothschild Reserve number 180, Brean Down
Rothschild Reserve number 42, Dovedale Tissington Spires
Rothschild Reserve number 173, Farne Islands, Shags
Rothschild Reserve number 194, Flamborough Head
Rothschild Reserve number 65, Hartslock Woods Pangbourne
Rothschild Reserve number 104, Llandudno Beach and Great Orme
Rothschild Reserve number 138, Millersdale High Tor
Rothschild Reserve number 247, Loch Leven and Glencoe Village
Rothschild Reserve number 229, Spurn Point
Rothschild Reserve number 67, Kynance Cove and Lizard Head
Rothschild Reserve number 153, St Catherines Hill
Rothschild Reserve number 139, Berry Head
Rothschild Reserve number 189, Selsey Bill
Rothschild Reserve number 142, Chesil Beach, Portland
Clay next to sea, the marshes
Rothschild Reserve number 214, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney
Rothschild Reserve number 35, Puffin Island, Anglesey
Rothschild Reserve number 29, Roche Abbey, Doncaster
Rothschild Reserve number 92, Valley of Rocks, Lynton
Rothschild Reserve number 257, Ben Y Vrackie, Pitlochry
Rothschild Reserve number 234, Ashdown Forest, Crowborough Beacon
Rothschild Reserve number 145, Durdham Downs, Bristol, The sea walls
Rothschild Reserve number 5, Crackington Haven
Rothschild Reserve number 13, Hengistbury Head
Rothschild Reserve number 47, Ballard Down and Swanage Bay
Rothschild Reserve number 73, Ben Lawers and Loch Tay
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