Magnificent Meadows needs a helping hand

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RSPB Scotland is recruiting for a Meadows Officerat its Loch of Strathbeg reserve near Lonmay.

The post is being created to help it achieve an ambitious summer of celebrations as part of the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project.

The role will help deliver outdoor learning experiences for local school children inspiring them about meadows and the wildlife that lives there.

The successful applicant will also be involved in Meadows Music – a community project with local musician to produce a unique composition inspired by meadows – and a Doric Poetry Competition for new poetry written in Doric by folk of all ages to celebrate meadows and their wildlife.

The summer will culminate with a big Meadows Celebration event on this year’s National Meadows Day (2 July) where the winning poetry and musical composition will be performed alongside lots of family friendly activities.

Save our Magnificent Meadows aims to raise awareness of the desperate plight of our wildflower meadows and grasslands and give people all over the UK a chance to visit, enjoy and learn about them, as well as restoring and enhancing nearly 6,000 hectares.

The reserve team wants to encourage as many people as possible to find out more at the summer events.

Richard Humpidge, RSPB Scotland’s site manager at Loch of Strathbeg said: “We hope to find someone who is as passionate as we are and has the necessary skills to inspire people of all ages and to organise our summer events including the Doric Poetry Competition and Meadows Celebration.”

The role is a four month contract from mid-March to mid-July.

Full details can be found at or if you would like more information call 01346 532017.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 18.