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Profile of registrant

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Identification number in the register: 21862631806-19
Registration date: 05/06/09 16:56:19

The information on this organisation was last modified on 07/11/14 16:52:25
The date of the last annual update was 11/05/14 16:18:12


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Acronym: RSPB
Legal status: UK Registered charity: england and Wales no 207076, Scotland no. SC037654
Website address: http://www.rspb.org.uk

Sections

Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Clarke Mike
Position: Chief Executive

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Eleanor Burke
Position: European Policy Campaigns Advisor. International Biodiversity Policy

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: The Lodge Potton Road 
Sandy SG19 2DL
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone number: (+44) 1767680551
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: · We champion birds and the environment to decision makers.
· We protect, restore and manage habitats for birds and other wildlife.
· We research the problems facing birds and the environment, looking for practical solutions that we can implement on the ground, and promote to others.
· We carry out 'hands-on' recovery projects for our most threatened species.
· We own and manage 200 nature reserves, where wildlife can thrive and people can be inspired.
· We share our knowledge and enthusiasm, to help young and old enjoy the natural world.
· We champion the cause of biodiversity conservation within the wider debate on sustainable development.
· We are active across the UK at national, regional and local levels - our work is relevant to your environment.
· We tackle international conservation issues through the Birdlife International Partnership - a global coalition of like-minded conservation organisations.
· We work with decision makers on behalf of birds and the environment.
· We tackle wildlife crime and habitat loss.
· We work with landowners and farmers to help countryside birds.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 16
Complementary information: Tim Stowe – Head of International Directorate
Sacha Cleminson Head of International Biodiversity Policy Unit
Stephen Hinchley, Head of European Policy Campaigns Team
Alistair Taylor, Senior Policy Officer, Nature Directives
Eleanor Burke, EU Elections Policy Officer

Nicola Crockford, International Species Policy Officer

Jenna Hegarty, Agriculture Policy Officer
Ellie Crane, Agriculture Policy Officer

Euan Dunn, Head of Marine policy

Kate Jennings, Head of site conservation policy

Olly Watts, Senior Policy Officer (Climate Change/Peat)
John Lanchberry, Principal Climate Change Adviser
Melanie Coath, Climate Change Policy Officer

Michael Krause - Head of Funding Development
Helen Barnard - Grants Development Manager

Carles Carboneras - Species Policy Officer, invasive species

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Eleanor Burke 21/06/14 19/06/15
Alexander CLEMINSON 21/06/14 19/06/15
Alistair Leonard TAYLOR 17/06/14 13/06/15
Carles Carboneras 11/11/14 07/11/15
Stephen Hinchley 03/07/14 30/06/15

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


Staff involved in EU engagement activities and their work areas through job titles:

Tim Stowe – Head of International Directorate
Sacha Cleminson Head of International Biodiversity Policy Unit
Stephen Hinchley, Head of European Policy Campaigns Team
Alistair Taylor, Senior Policy Officer, Nature Directives
Eleanor Burke, EU Elections Policy officer

Nicola Crockford, International Species Policy Officer

Jenna Hegarty, Agriculture Policy Officer
Ellie Crane, Agriculture Policy Officer

Euan Dunn, Head of Marine policy

Kate Jennings, Head of site conservation policy

Olly Watts, Senior Policy Officer (Climate Change/Peat)
John Lanchberry, Principal Climate Change Adviser
Melanie Coath, Climate Change Policy Officer

Michael Krause - Head of Funding Development
Helen Barnard - Grants Development Manager

Carles Carboneras - Species Policy Officer, invasive species

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Food Safety
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Taxation
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport

Structure

Total number of members that are natural persons: 1,096,016
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):
  • AUSTRIA
  • BELGIUM
  • BULGARIA
  • CYPRUS
  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • DENMARK
  • FINLAND
  • FRANCE
  • GERMANY
  • GREECE
  • HUNGARY
  • IRELAND
  • ITALY
  • LATVIA
  • LUXEMBOURG
  • MALTA
  • POLAND
  • PORTUGAL
  • ROMANIA
  • SLOVENIA
  • SPAIN
  • SWEDEN
  • UNITED KINGDOM

Complementary information:

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.




BirdLife International
European Environmental Bureau
Transport and Environment
Climate Action Network
European Bird Census Council
IUCN – World Conservation Union
European Habitats Forum
Stop Climate Chaos
Green Alliance
Wildlife and Countryside Link
British Ornithologists Union

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2011 - 03/2012
Total budget: 142,370,337
of which public financing: 22,458,337
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 16,764,000
- from local/regional sources: 2,337
European sources : 5,692,000
from other sources: 119,912,000
- donations: 13,889,000
- contributions from members: 38,172,000
legacies : 33,615,000
activities to generate funds : 25,603,000
income from charitable activities : 7,628,000
Net gains on disposals of fixed assets : 1,005,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

RSPB Trustees Report and Accounts
www.rspb.org.uk/about/run/reportaccounts.asp

Explanatory notes
Net income (money available for charitable purposes), at £90.1 million, was slightly up on the previous year.

Net income is shown after deducting the £18.9 million cost of generating income and a further £13.1 million cost of goods for resale by our trading operation. The majority of products sold, such as bird food and feeders, optics, wildlife books and videos, relate directly to our charitable objectives.

The cost of generating income increased to reflect our move from subscriptions towards donations. The generosity of our supporters is reflected in the increased income this generated and is shown within Membership subscriptions and donations. With around 90 per cent of our members continuing their support from year to year, we expect to enjoy the benefits from this for many years.

Expenditure on charitable purposes

Expenditure, at £85.8 million, was at a similar level to last year, however investment in land purchases and associated visitor facilities fell by £1.3 million. The reduced availability of some grant funding from Governments and the high price of land continue to constrain us.

The amount we spent on our conservation and education work was similar to the previous year. With economic conditions showing little sign of making a robust and sustained recovery we continued with our cautious approach to expenditure commitments.

Administrative overheads, governance and membership-related costs are typically around 10 per cent of our income available for charitable purposes. This leaves 90 per cent of our resources available to be spent directly on our conservation objectives.

Net operating income and financial reserves

The RSPB is committed to putting its income to work as soon as possible. The £4.4 million surplus has been earmarked for projects that extend beyond the end of the financial year.

Funds held for specific purposes, at £31.8 million, include money required for future working capital and a ‘threat fund’ to minimise the risk of interruptions to our highest priority work programmes.

Free financial reserves are held at a modest level to maximise the funds available for immediate conservation needs. We hold just 10 weeks’ worth of expenditure in free financial reserves.

The Statement of net assets includes Nature reserves held at their original cost, less depreciation where applicable, and the defined benefit Pension liability. The net liability of the scheme, at £67.8 million, increased due to a higher actuarial valuation of our liabilities as long term interest rate projections continued to fall during the year.

The scheme is relatively immature in that there are significantly more contributing members than pensioners; therefore the net liability of the scheme will not crystallise for some years and will fall as and when interest rates return to historical norms.

The additional cost of funding the liability over the period agreed with the Pension Trustees represents approximately 3 per cent of our annual income. The RSPB trustees do not consider the liability to represent a significant constraint over the use of financial reserves for the foreseeable future.

The last full actuarial review was completed in July 2010. The actions taken as a result of this review were a reduction in benefits accruing of around 25 per cent and a sharing with scheme members of the risk of future increases in longevity.

The final salary section of the scheme was closed to new entrants in February 2007. The assets and liabilities of the pension scheme are reviewed every three years, following which a plan is agreed with the Pension Scheme Trustees to make good any deficit. At the time the accounts were approved at the 2013 AGM, the most recent review was still underway.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.