Volunteer Officer and a volunteer counting shad at the riverside
Photo credit: Nina Constable Media

Something’s happening by the river… And we need your help to collect valuable data on migrating twaite shad. This volunteer activity involves visiting the river bank in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire in Spring, and helping us count fish as they migrate upstream. We use the fish count data to help estimate the size of the shad population and better understand their migration behaviour. Volunteers can also explore opportunities to gain further research experience by helping with other monitoring activities.

The shad migration usually starts in late April so get in touch as soon as possible for more info!

Why Volunteer?

This volunteering role will introduce you to the forgotten story of the shad migration and is an opportunity to gain experience and collect valuable data, working alongside scientists and conservationists. This is an opportunity to see a unique, fascinating natural spectacle in a beautiful outdoor setting and be part of an enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers. You will gain insights into leading-edge fish migration research.  If you are interested in working in the conservation field, you may find the training beneficial for professional development.

Who can help?

You don’t have to have any prior skills or experience to get involved. All volunteers need is a natural curiosity and a desire to spend a little time by of the UK’s largest rivers.

How much time do you need?

You can help as little or as much as you like! For those with more time and a desire to immerse themselves in the project, there is plenty of project activity through May to keep you busy and provide further field research experience.  Or, if you just fancy seeing the fish migration up close you can visit a project site once or twice over spring, and still collect some valuable data for the project.

For more information, please get in touch with Tim, our Volunteer Officer.

Email: [email protected]

Or come along to the free talk – Return of the Shad –  Sunday, 14 April 2019 from 14:00-16:00 at Tewkesbury Town Hall.  See more information about this event.


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