Bird Surveys Volunteer

We are looking for people interested in recording and promoting bird species at Pontefract Castle
Flexible hours Mon 3rd Jun – Mon 30th Sep Pontefract North view map

We have been making improvements to the site at Pontefract Castle since we began the Key to the North project in 2015. We have already conserved the ruins, built a new visitor centre, café and band stand. We have planted thousands of bulbs and saplings across the site to improve habitats, winter colour and as a resource for craft materials.

We are looking for a volunteer to help us record and promote the bird species that share our site with us. You don’t have to be a Chris Packham or Michaela Strachan, as we can equip you with books etc. You just have to have an interest in birds and wildlife and have some time to spare.

Based inside and outside the castle, you will need to:

  • Take responsibility for learning to identify what birds are on site (we provide the books for this).
  • Record what you find onto an online database so that your findings are available to others (again we can set this up and talk you through it)
  • Manage a chalkboard that informs others of what you have seen on site. We can help you set this up and discuss ways you can present your findings.
  • Work as part of a team or by yourself.


Travel expenses will be paid.
Deadline: Mon 30th September, 2024


Nature & animals

Suitable for

People new to volunteering, People volunteering together, People who like being outdoors, People working on their wellbeing


Accessible toilet(s), Autism friendly, Wheelchair accessible

Minimum age


Skills gained

IT / Computers, Listening, Talking to others, Teamwork

Skills needed

IT / Computers, Organising, Reading & writing



Wakefield Council Museums & Castles

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, UK
Wakefield Museums & Castles is the museum service for the Wakefield district. We have three museums in Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract, and two castles in Pontefract and Sandal. We hold collections of over 110,000 objects, which record the history of our district from prehistory to modern day.
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