Trainees sought for Spurn wildlife haven

The lighthouse at Spurn Point, East Yorkshire
The lighthouse at Spurn Point, East Yorkshire
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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is looking for new trainees to get involved with the conservation of important shoreline habitats at its Spurn National Nature Reserve near Hull.

Two 12-month traineeships are available at the East Yorkshire reserve which spans a three-and- a-half mile sandy peninsula that juts out into the North Sea at the mouth of the Humber Estuary.

The charity said: “Spurn is a place like no other, with high tides transforming Spurn Point into Yorkshire’s newest island.

“Renowned for its autumn migration spectacle when thousands of birds fly overhead, its deep rooted maritime and defence heritage, and its new role in marine conservation, following the designation of the Holderness Inshore Marine Conservation Zone, Spurn could be just the experience you are looking for.”

The Trust added: “This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the exciting developments at Spurn and help make it an exceptional place for wildlife.”

Prospective trainees have until noon on April 11 to apply for the roles, and the successful pair will be tasked with spending three to five days per week helping to plan and deliver practical reserve management, help welcome visitors to the site and assist in delivering a programme of Trust events.

Visitors to the reserve are due to benefit from the construction of a new visitor centre on the reserve, a scheme which has proved controversial among some locals and visitors. Objectors have claimed that it will be impossible for the development not to impact on prime habitat and disturb shorebird populations.

But the Trust has said that the centre will “nestle” in the fields with “little visible impact” on the landscape.