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Message 21 - posted by KatyNewt (U8507423) , Nov 19, 2009

snowhawkeyeone, as a member of my local wildlife trust, I have to disagree with your opinion, I think they do a fantastic job. Why do you feel this way?

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Message 22 - posted by southendrainbow (U14205252) , Nov 19, 2009

Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary. They have rescued about 650 animals and just a very few people do all the hard work. The farm is in Warwickshire - too far away for me to help out. However, anyone can help them at no cost to themselves by clicking on the ‘merchandise’ button and buying stuff from their wonderful shopping mall. They’ve got some big names signed up and it simply means that if you purchase items through them, then they get the commission instead of the search engine provider. Please check it out for purchasing your Christmas presents through them.
British Hedgehog Preservation Society – I do what I can to get their message heard.
British Trust for Ornithology.
RSPCA
Animal Defenders International - I go round with petitions and letters asking for signatures.
Environmental Investigation Agency.

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Message 23 - posted by grahawk (U10009607) , Nov 19, 2009

RSPB spend too much time Empire building little nature reserves, protesting about hunters in foreign countries & saving the 'Dodo' in foreign countries instead of concentrating on confronting irresponsible landowners (NFU etc) in their own country who wont help wildlife as much as they could & should.

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I think this is unfair. Confrontation would be counter productive. It's working with landowners that works. The RSPB have been doing just that in my area leading to the restoration of about 500 hectares of floodplain grazing marsh. They started with the Otmoor Nature Reserve but knew one hotspot wasn't good enough. Lapwing, redshank and snipe have been returning to these areas. Coupled with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust work at Chimney and in the Ray Valley things are looking up for this habitat and the birds and other wildlife that use it. The work of the Farming and Wildlide Advidsory Group working with landowners has also been greatly beneficial. Confrontation gets no one anywhere. I don't think the Wildlife Trusts have enough money to waste any.

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Message 24 - posted by Lamia (U14207696) , Nov 19, 2009

I feel woefully inadequate so will not engage in this round of Trumps as I will lose.....

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Message 25 - posted by gannetal (U13985841) , Nov 19, 2009

I'm am aRSPB member have been for quite a few decades now,we as a family, support and fund RSPCA and PDSA when we can,every little helps!

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Message 26 - posted by greenman22 (U13656695) , Nov 19, 2009

RSPB
BTO

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Message 27 - posted by Skylark (U4762204) , Nov 19, 2009

Not many, can never afford the memberships, I'm only a poor artist after all, although I do donate loads every year...

RSPB
National Trust
Viva (Vegetarians International Voice for the Animals)
RHS - not particularly for Nature but still a worthy cause
Devon Wildlife Trust

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Message 28 - posted by cagandnant (U12109575) , Nov 19, 2009

Why have a go at the RSPB here? The RSPB is actively engaging with farmers and encouraging them to farm for the benefit of wildlife as well as food. In fact, far from doing nothing, the RSPB has a farm itself (Hope Farm) and is proving that you can make a profit and farm for wildlife. The NFU, individual farmers and agricultural colleges all visit and learn from the RSPB's example. And as for hunting abroad, do you not realise that the birds that are being shot in places like Malta are birds that breed here in the UK, so in order to protect our breeding birds the RSPB is right to make a stand to make migration safer for species like turtle doves etc.

I know the RSPB isn't perfect, but I do wish people would bother to find out what they do before criticising them.

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Message 29 - posted by PaulaBat (U12230729) , Nov 20, 2009

Forgot to mention the Environmental Investigation Agency, and Rainforest Concern!

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Message 30 - posted by PatHod (U14209975) , Nov 20, 2009

While some just love the opportunity to knock these organisations with waffle about wasting money and campaigns I think most do a very good job. Yes I'm a member of 4 or 5 groups in Ireland, the UK, and Europe but I think active involvement in protecting and admiring Wildlife is better than paying any annual subscriptions and simply reading a periodic magazine.

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Message 31 - posted by cagandnant (U12109575) , Nov 20, 2009

I agree that active involvement is very important - however, I know some people like my parents who can't get out and about easily any more, who care about nature and wildlife. They get a great deal of pleasure from their membership of the RSPB because they feel they are contributing to the work of the Society in the way that they can manage most easily.

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Message 32 - posted by sarahlcookson (U14193379) , Nov 20, 2009

I suggest that certain people do their research!!!

The RSPB is one of the biggest pioneering environmental charities, campaigning for local, national and international environmental causes.
It has over a million members, which is a HUGE political ram rod (incidently that is more members than all the political parties put together)
Every 90 pence of each pound donated to the RSPB goes towards conservation.
If everyone stopped donating, the RSPB has approx. 16 weeks of reserve funds (unlike some charities which sit on thousands and thousands)

The list of campaigns the RSPB has championed locally and globally is endless really...
You really should visit a local reserve and spend some time talking to RSPB staff or volunteers who will willingly enlighten you on their invaluable work within the environmental sector.

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Message 33 - posted by sarahlcookson (U14193379) , Nov 20, 2009

And..just to add..

2 adults can join on a joint membership for as little as £3 per month.
You can join a child from as little as £1.25 per month!! Now that's a bargain! That's more than a cup of tea/coffee in most places these days!

If that still is beyond your means...you can donate a bit of your time for nothing, and it all really really does help :0)

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Message 34 - posted by nat (U8625023) , Nov 20, 2009

the RSPb is one of the most forward thinking environmental charities in the world. Not content with managing reserves in the UK; it is now thinking in Landscape conservation, protecting birds outside the UK (remember many of "OUR" birds spend the majority of their lives outside the UK); fighting and mitigating the inevitable effects of climate change (the RSPB is a founding member of the pressure group Stop Climate Chaos); fights major planning applications that would destroy vital habitat; buying large chunks of the Indonesian rainforest in an attempt to save such species as the Sumatran Tiger; fighting the devasting effect of palm oil plantations; creating award winning learning opportunities for children and and adults in all its reserves (and by creating urban fringes reserves bringing nature to millions of people)....
I could go on and on. It can't do any of this without it's 1 million members (more than all the political parties put together) and 14,000 volunteers. I am proud to be an RSPB member and volunteer because without the RSPB I doubt we would have would have such an effective advocate for nature.
By the way if you have kids, grankids, nieces or nephews, RSPB Wildlife Explorer membership makes a great present - it's mega value for money (off-hand something like £15 for one child per annum to £25 for as many bambinos at one address and they each get their own age-specific magazine 6 times a year)

I also support the WWT, WWF, Bats Conservation, a local wildlife trust, quite a few international organisations (including Birdlife Malta who are having a torrid time at the moment)

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