Being a volunteer warden at Gronant can be both challenging and rewarding. It is a privilege to help, to meet so many committed volunteers and to protect the last Little Tern colony in Wales. However, persistent predators and misbehaving members of the public make sure we always have something to do. As a volunteer warden you will often be working as part of a friendly team alongside the staff warden on duty and other volunteers. Broadly, the mains tasks are:
• Protecting the colony from predators and beach users
• Monitoring the Little Terns breeding success
• Engaging with visitors and beach users
• Site maintenance
Site maintenance involves repairing fencing after damage caused by people, weather and tides. You will be helped by the warden and any other volunteers on site. After a particularly high tide there is a lot of debris such as seaweed to clear from fencing in order for the electric current to be carried around when switched on. This can be a slow job but as the old proverb goes, "many hands make light work"!