You will find out about all the exciting stuff going on with the RSPB in the east of the UK. We cover our sites in the following counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, and some of our great Lincolnshire ones. So if you are if you have never heard of the Strumpshaws and Snettishams or Stour Estuary or Sutton Fens here is you chance.
At a loose end this summer? Or even got a spare ten minutes? Then read on to find out how you can Step Up for Nature this month.
Campaign: CAP reform e-action - The EU will fail to get anywhere near its recently adopted biodiversity target without sufficient funds for farmers and land managers to help protect and enhance the farmed environment and its wildlife through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). With cuts to agri-environment schemes seemingly forever on the horizon we are standing up for their continued funding whilst reducing CAP’s long criticized inefficient and wasteful ways. Without sufficient funding for agri-environment schemes through CAP, birds such as the Little Bustard and Corn bunting could be wiped from the map of Europe. From 11 August you can sign our new CAP e-action at www.rspb.org.uk/steppingup
Volunteer: Become a Campaign Champion - The main aims of being an RSPB campaigner are to remind your MP or decision maker that environmental issues are important, and to urge them to take positive action. As a constituent and a consumer, you can influence people who make some pretty big decisions. By saying the right thing the right way, you can make others take action for nature. You'll also be inspiring your local community to take action as you'll be building support and raising awareness of our campaigns and appeals. Please contact Kim Matthews or Annie Sadler at EERO for more information. http://www.rspb.org.uk/supporting/campaigns/campaignwithus/index.aspx
Give: Raffle – Sell some raffle tickets! Easy! Tickets are £1 each and come in books of 12 tickets. Purchasers can buy any amount of tickets and each one gives them the chance to win one of over 50 prizes, with the first prize being £5000. Register on the online form and we will make sure you receive our next set of raffle tickets in the post or call the ticket hotline on 0845 6016 936 and we'll send you some tickets right away. Please note that staff cannot take part in the raffle.
Do: Homes for Wildlife - Don’t be too quick to dead-head your flowers! Birds will thank you for seed rich flower heads such as sunflower, teasel and love-in-a-mist. Let the flower heads rot down where they stand and you’ll be improving the condition of your soil, providing a better home for a whole host of mini beasts. For more information on how to build a wildlife friendly garden visit www.rspb.org.uk/hfw
Blogger: Steve Field, Membership Development Manager
The RSPB Eastern England membership team visits all manner of public events over the summer as we spread the word about the fine work of the RSPB, but the event I was most looking forward to attending this summer was the Cambridge folk festival, which took place last week at Cherry Hinton hall near Cambridge. I have to say the weekend exceeded my expectations.
More than 10,000 music fans danced and sang along to some fantastic artists over four days such as Newton Faulkner, Laura Marling and the legendary Mary Chapin Carpenter, and with the weather being extremely kind the atmosphere was superb with just about everyone wearing a huge smile!
The organisers looked after us by putting the RSPB stand in full view of Main Stage 2 which meant that when we were not busy chatting to people about birds and wildlife (which was most of the time) we were able to enjoy some great bands. Our membership development officer Nikki Thurston decided to decorate our stand in a colourful manner befitting the festival. In addition to the guys working on the stand, Lyndsey Symonds, our membership administrator worked the crowd dressed as a robin, encouraging people to sign our Stepping up for Nature campaign leaflets. This went down extremely well as every person that signs the campaign leaflet gets free wildflower seeds.
However, what was most pleasing about the weekend was the number of people who we spoke to who not only had solid knowledge of the challenges facing wildlife in the UK and elsewhere, but who really wanted to make a difference and ensure that future generations can enjoy the kind of experiences they have enjoyed. So many people thanked us for the work that the RSPB is doing that it reinforced for me, why I am so proud to work for such an important and inspirational organisation.
All in all, we enjoyed some fine weather, some great music and the folk festival crowd really inspired me with their passion for our work – and we had lots of people join the RSPB too! This was a great weekend and I’m already looking forward to 2012!
Watch out for other sightings of our gang and where you can see them this summer on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/rspbintheeast/
I'm gutted. Wagon wheels don't have jam in them anymore. What's occurin'!?
In the good ol' days that fake Wheely jam sat tenderly against its pure white mallow like a jumped up jammie dodger.
But then in the good ol' days corncrakes croaked from the fields, corn buntings jangled from ripening corn and hedgerows were bursting with wild flowers.
Hmmmm, if there's a choice, you can keep the jammy Wagon Wheels. I think I'll go for the birds.