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Scottish RSPB membership soars to an all time high.

Last modified: 08 September 2009

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RSPB Scotland now has 82,340 members.

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RSPB Scotland is delighted to reveal that the latest Scottish membership figures have reached an all time high of 82, 340.  The remarkable rise of well over 5% from the previous level of 77, 933 in 2008 proves that Scots care deeply about conservation and the  pressures that our natural environment is facing, even in this uncertain financial climate.

RSPB Scotland manages a network of over 75 reserves across Scotland, from the most Northerly point of  mainland Scotland at Dunnet Head to the most Southerly at  the  Mull of Galloway, as well as many sites on the Northern and Western Isles. In all the charity manages nearly 65,000 Ha of land with many farming and crofting partners. While retaining a focus on bird life, many other species benefit from our work - for example  RSPB Scotland  recently led a bid to secure £2m of funding for supporting wildlife friendly crofting techniques on the Hebrides, which will help great yellow bumblebees,wildflowers and the special machair habitat. We are also heavily involved in reintroducing some of our most iconic species like White tailed sea-eagles to Scotland, and delivered outdoor education programmes to over 25,000 Scottish school children in the last financial year. The RSPB bases its work on a programme of sound science and policy analysis, which is then tested and honed on our reserves. Producing workable and pragmatic solutions to problems is the charity`s hallmark. 

Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland said:  "None of our work would be possible without the generous, and loyal support of our membership. This fantastic growth in members shows that Scots want to support conservation, and recognise that RSPB Scotland is very well  placed to do that.  No doubt many of our new members have been stirred by our campaign to stop the illegal killing of birds of prey - or maybe they simply had an amazing experience  visiting Scotland's great outdoors and wish to help conserve it. The RSPB spends 90p out of every pound we receive directly on conservation, and  the charity holds only a few weeks of  financial  reserves - so we really do rely on our members to continue our work ."

He added: "The current financial climate means that there is a  risk that government support for conservation may decline , so it's more important than ever that people continue their support for us, so we can establish new nature reserves and fight hard for the special sites and places that make Scotland's countryside so outstanding. The more people that join, the more we can do, and the stronger voice birds and nature have."

 

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