Beddington Farmlands advertises Warden vacancy


A unique job opportunity has arisen at one of Greater London's premier birding sites, as Sutton Council is now advertising the position of Warden at its 400-acre Beddington Farmlands reserve.

As well as working closely with site leaseholders, Viridor, the Warden will undertake practical habitat management with hand tools and machinery, organising and leading volunteers in undertaking habitat management works, assist with species surveys, create and update management plans, engage members of the community through guided walks and talks and provide regular information to the management groups. The position, which comes with an office at Beddington Farmlands, will be funded for 25 years.

Beddington Farmlands supports a fantastic variety of wildlife and has a long track record of producing rare and unusual birds (Peter Alfrey).

Although suffering a controversial recent past with the construction of a large, on-site incinerator, Beddington Farmlands nonetheless remains one of the most productive birding sites on the outskirts of London, attracting good numbers of passage migrants, wintering Water Pipits and breeding waterbirds, while also supporting the final remaining local population of Tree Sparrow.

The site has a long-standing track record of producing rare and unusual birds, with some previous highlights including Glaucous-winged Gull, Killdeer, Pacific Golden Plover, Rustic Bunting and Citrine Wagtail.

You can find out more about the role here.