New staff fly in to join RSPB team

Some of the new RSPB Bempton Cliffs team take a breather on one of the reserve viewpoints. From left, Rachel Williamson ' Membership Development Assistant; Tim Morley ' Seabird Research Assistant; Lucy Tomlinson ' Retail Assistant ; Jake Tomlinson ' Membership Development Assistant; Maria Prchlik ' Marketing Officer; Fiona McKenna ' Seabird Research Assistant.
Some of the new RSPB Bempton Cliffs team take a breather on one of the reserve viewpoints. From left, Rachel Williamson ' Membership Development Assistant; Tim Morley ' Seabird Research Assistant; Lucy Tomlinson ' Retail Assistant ; Jake Tomlinson ' Membership Development Assistant; Maria Prchlik ' Marketing Officer; Fiona McKenna ' Seabird Research Assistant.
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NEW staff have been taken on to help RSPB Bempton Cliffs reach new heights.

Along with the 200,000 seabirds that flock to Bempton Cliffs every year, this spring has seen a number of new staff arrive too.

Of the eight newcomers appointed to the team at the nature reserve between Bridlington and Filey, seven are people living in East Yorkshire and Scarborough.

Alongside this, two seasonal volunteers have joined as part of the reserve’s residential volunteering scheme, to assist with the organisation’s seabird monitoring activities.

Site manager Ian Kendall said: “The new staff and volunteers mean we can make a visit to Bempton Cliffs even better, and find out even more about the lives of our incredible seabirds.”

“It’s not just good news for the reserve; it’s also good for the local economy. Seven of the new team live locally and spend locally.”

But Mr Kendall says further help is always needed, so the reserve is also keen to add to its pool of volunteers.

He added: “As a charity, we rely on our volunteers in every area of our work – from meeting visitors on our viewpoints to recording bird numbers. They are the back-bone of the organisation and we value them immensely.”

Anyone interested can contact the RSPB by ringing (01262) 850959 or visiting www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering.