As you know, towards the end of last year, we came under concerted attack from some quarters in the national press and from ‘You Forgot the Birds’ – a newly formed organisation linked to shooting interests and fronted by Sir Ian Botham.
‘You Forgot the Birds’ and the Countryside Alliance made separate formal complaints to the Charity Commission about our charitable work. Neither complaint has been upheld by the Charity Commission. Nor was the RSPB subject to any formal investigation.
The Charity Commission invested time in examining our processes and activities in the light of the complaints they received. And they are clear that we have not breached charitable regulations or guidelines, or our own charitable objectives, on any of the issues raised.
As a charity, we operate in an open and accountable manner, and will continue to do so.
You can read an article on the homepage of the RSPB website about the allegations, how we responded and what the Charity Commission has said and done. You can also read it in full below.
These challenges highlight the importance of the sound science and evidence which informs our work, the importance of our systems and ways of working, and the importance of our trustees and the fantastic support they give us. We know that certain interest groups and sections will continue to challenge and attempt to use the media to undermine us. This will not stop us from continuing to campaign for nature and speaking out against wildlife crime.
And, together, we will win – keep up the great work!