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.

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