Friday, October 16, 2009

I have been meaning to add this for a while but have only now just found the time. In the latest BTO News there is an article headed Valuable Volunteers. It makes interesting reading. As part of the JNCC/BTO Partnership we have to add our contribution to the financial considerations. The BTO has, in real money, an annual turnover of £4.6million; with a full-time staff complement of about 100. However, this contribution is dwarfed when one takes into account the volunteer contribution spent on Partnership work. Calculating volunteer input to the monitoring schemes of BBS, WBBS, Nest recording, ringing and WeBS results in a working equivalent of 204 full-time staff at a cost of £6.7million. If you then add in work from other surveys - Heronries, Birdtrack, Garden Birdwatch - other aspects of the ringing sceme, the contribution of Regional Representatives, survey organisers and other volunteer effort the contribution multiplies to 1100 full-time staff at a cost of £36.0 million.
Now look at the Pie chart above and compare our contribution to 'the national value of volunteering within the conservation sector' and we can justifiably be proud of our contribution. Member for member we do significantly well.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Winifred Cavendish-Bentinck she is not....

A plug for the dark-side. The RSPB have a new President, the second female in it's history. The popular TV presentor and long suffering side kick to Bill Oddie, Kate Humble, has been awarded the presitigious role. We can now look forward to a fresh and vibrant change to the RSPB's public face - the female touch. With Barabara Young as the President of the BTO it appears the girls are in the ascendency.
Picture taken from: telegraph.co.uk

Friday, October 02, 2009

magpie, crow and rook and now....

Open season has been declared on ring-necked parakeets — the vibrant green squawking birds seen across parts of southern England. The parakeets are considered by government nature advisers as great a pest as the grey squirrel, and from January 1 anyone troubled by the birds has permission to kill them with a shotgun or rifle, or trap them in a cage or net. Their eggs and nests may also be destroyed.

See: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6857722.ece

To date you can do the same with magpie, crow and rook - so what about Canada Geese?