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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a charitable organisation that was established in 1889. Working to promote the conservation and safeguarding of the wider environment (often through public awareness campaigns, petitions, and the operation of nature reserves), it is one of the most popular societies in the UK, with a total of around 12,000 volunteers and 1.1 million members.
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Today, the RSPB works with both the Government and civil service to advise national policies on conservation and environmentalism. Maintaining over 200 reserves throughout the UK, their hides and visitor centres provide keen ornithologists with birdwatching bliss in a wide range of habitats, from estuaries, to mudflats, to forests.
For well over a century, it has been one of the most pioneering and revolutionary organisations in the world, vowing to protect nature for future generations. Find out more about OnBuy’s involvement with this ground-breaking foundation today!
The history of the RSPB
The RSPB was founded in 1889, to counter the barbarous trade in plumes for women’s hats, a style responsible for the deaths of many thousands of egrets, birds of prey, and other species whose feathers had become fashionable in the late Victorian era. The institute started life as the Society for the Protection of Birds (SPB), founded by Emily Williamson in Manchester. The group quickly gained popularity and, two years later, had become one of the most prominent societies in the UK.
In its early days, the organisation consisted entirely of women, though a number of influential male figures, including leading ornithologist Professor Alfred Newton, staunchly lent their support to the cause. Gaining widespread publicity and popularity throughout the nineteenth century, it continued to widen and expand across the decades to come. In 2019, the RSPB celebrated its 130th birthday, making it one of the oldest wildlife foundations in the country’s history.
What’s the RSPB’s mission?
From now until 2030, the RSPB will be focusing on ambitious plans and targets to change the fate of nature. Thanks to the endless support from countless volunteers and employees, many species are now set to recover, following the dramatic decline of puffin, turtle dove, and curlew numbers in recent months and years. Reaching far beyond the UK, they also propose to work with partners to help protect habitats and save endangered species overseas, including helping to conserve migrant birds on their journey between Europe and Africa.
In wanting to celebrate their legacy and create a long-lasting movement that makes the environment (and its conservation) a fundamental part of everyone’s day-to-day lives, the RSPB seeks to encourage any keen nature-lovers to let the outside in, and work to inspire countless others to do and promote the same.