Protection of Birds?

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)  207076 should try to do what it says on the tin i.e. protect birds. How far they sometimes go in this endeavour is a matter of opinion. Sir Ian Botham an advocate for ‘You Forgot the Birds’ a network designed to monitor conservation charities  questions  the RSPB on many issues.
  • Do the RSPB ‘milk it’ when a golden eagle goes missing for a month? Or when a hen harrier thought to have been hunted illegally is seen 10 months later.
  • Is the RSPB spending  more on soft conservation than bird habitat or creating conditions for birds to flourish.
  • University research in 2017 claims ‘grouse moors are not the ecological deserts some campaigners claim but are teeming with endangered birds.’
  • It takes courage to manage nature and that involves controlling predators.

How is the RSPB Doing Financially

The reports and accounts for 2016/17 have just been published

  • The treasurer reports income of £140 million costing £36.1 to raise leaving a surplus ‘to spend on saving nature’.
  • There is a £90m black hole pension liability provided in the accounts so financial reserves are depleted. There is £196m tied up in nature reserves.
  • The one and a quarter million members donated £86m through subscriptions and legacies  nearly two thirds of all income.

Concerns

  • The national support and goodwill towards ‘birds’ and the charity should not be abused.
  • There is an undercurrent surrounding the charity that causes concern in some quarters.
  • The detailed accounts are worth more thorough examination when they are submitted to the charity commission.

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