The work involves humanely trapping and handling Jersey’s small mammals; the Jersey bank vole, the wood mouse, the lesser white-toothed shrew and Millet’s shrew. Animals are identified, weighed, sexed and given a fur clip. This helps to identify them if they are caught again. There are 22 sites island-wide. Most sites are visited three times a day. The traps are checked and re-baited in the morning with mincemeat and oats and checked again twice more during the day. Assistance with setting and collecting traps (49 traps per site) is also required. Two sites are visited each day (sometimes three sites) by each person. There is a small amount of travel in between sites.
Autumn trapping will begin on the 8th September and will continue for 10 weeks. The work should end in the middle of November. Volunteer help is required for weekdays and will most likely be required for the morning routine. This begins around 7.30am until approximately 10am (depending on how many animals are caught). The traps are then checked at midday and in the evening. Times can vary depending on dawn and dusk times. Volunteer help would be greatly appreciated for the morning routines as mornings are the busiest times and anything else could be worked into a rota.
Required from volunteers
Commitment – free time in the morning preferably, afternoon and evening if possible.
Good water proof clothing and suitable footwear (wellies or boots). Gloves and all other equipment will be provided.
Physically fit and prepared to work in all types of weather.
Training in handing small mammals will be provided prior to September trapping.
Petrol allowance will be provided for use of own vehicle.
Benefits from being involved
Experience in outdoor conservation work.
Experience with using Longworth traps and handling small mammals in Jersey
Helping to conserve Jersey’s small mammal population.
If you are interested or have any questions please contact the Natural Environment team by emailing Denise McGowan at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to chat about the work you can call Denise on 07797 810987