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Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity at the MBA

Are you in the Plymouth area and would you like to participate in a research project that will contribute to the management of a European Marine Site? Then please read on.

In collaboration with Plymouth City Council and the Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum, the MBA is carrying out a project to survey recreational uses within the Plymouth Sound and Tamar Estuaries European Marine Site.

We are looking for volunteers to help undertake questionnaire surveys to understand how people are using the site; what types of activities are being undertaken, where and at what times of the year. This information is important to build up a picture of possible impacts on the species and habitats of conservation importance in the site.

This opportunity will give you the chance to participate in a research project, and collect data that will contribute to the management of a European Marine Site, while meeting new people. Transferable skills include questionnaire survey techniques and data entry. You will learn more about the European Marine Site close to Plymouth, the important habitats and species, and the way that humans impact on this area. To take part, you will also need to be at least 18 years old. A background in marine biology or environmental science and an interest in conservation would be an advantage, but the most important skills are being able to talk to people, being friendly and open, and the ability to record and enter data accurately.

Travel expenses (within close proximity to the site) and a daily meal (up to £5) will be covered. We anticipate conducting surveys at a large number of sites around Plymouth Sound and the Tamar Estuary over the next 6 months. Some are readily accessible by foot or bus, others require a car to access.

It is totally up to you how much time you dedicate to the project, and it can vary from one day, to one day a month or maybe more. If you think you can help or want to find out more about the project, please contact Eliane Bastos by calling 01752 633336, or email

Without your help it will not be possible to survey the European Marine Site as comprehensively as we plan to do, so please do get in touch!

Thank you.