If you were not one of the c400 members that attended our AGM in London on Saturday, this is what you missed…
If you weren’t able to attend (perhaps you were watching the rugby?), why not put next year’s AGM in your diary – 10 October 2020. I hope to see you there.
I don't know where the 'support all energy schemes' comes from but whilst it may be well intentioned it is profoundly - and dangerously - wrong. Far too many schemes are badly thought through or aggressively commercial, or both. RSPB rightly and vigorously opposed the EU biofuels initiative which has led to rainforest clearance for palm oil, whilst European crops like oil seed rape consume 70% of their carbon value in growing, largely due to fossil fuel fired nitrogen fertiliser. Solar is another example - how is it that green fields are being covered in panels - at least as bad as building houses - whilst the super-powerful construction sector has prevented Government from insisting panels go on the roves of new houses, which would be entirely positive ? (it would cost £7,000 per house - Persimmon, notorious for its £100 million bonus payout, made a profit of £69,000 per house !) I was involved with onshore wind in England, subsequently and rightly banned by the Government. Engineer led, there was minimal concern for landscape, people of wildlife - only connection to the grid seemed to be an issue and there was lots of money for ecological consultants to blast applications through planning against all opposition. I think we could have more onshore wind in the future, but, like all green energy schemes it MUST be properly planned so that it doesn't do more harm than good.
It was a brilliant day and I left full of optimism. The only low point was lunch - a much better choice of food in the old days before red meat became problematic. A lady next to me in the queue couldn't eat the vegetarian curry for digestive reasons and expressed horror that the alternative was chicken - how could RSPB have a bird on the menu! Please don't become too preachy and hair-shirt about food and lifestyle. We all have to live. A lot of us just try to make sensible decisions about consumption and travel etc. without being zealots. By all means point people in the right direction though.
It was mentioned to me from the RSPB it was because not enough members watched the live webcam. I had suggested to on this forum a few years ago, just as the National Trust used to do, but sadly no more, that I would like to see the RSPB have there Annual General Meeting in different parts of the UK every year. The National Trust on 2 occasions had there AGM in Newcastle Upon Tyne close to where I live and I was able to attend on those 2 occasions. I don’t think that the RSPB’s Annual General Meeting should always be London based, as member further a North have further to travel. Also I would like to see members be able to propose motions to be proposed and second along with a reasonable amount of signatures for a motion to be discussed at the RSPB Annual General Meeting. The National Trusts AGM does allow motions that members propose as long as there are at least 50 National Trust Members support that motion. At the present time the Chairman of the RSPB has to give permission for a motion to be allowed. That is not democracy. And I have yet to a motion allowed at the RSPB’s Annual General Meeting happen in all the years I’ve been a member of the RSPB since the early 1970’s.
Am not sure why live streaming was discontinued - I will check. It might have been cost...
Hi Gardenbirder, the question about curlew focused on Vyrnwy and how we planned to improve the habitat through our proposed HLF bid. I explained the context: UK holding c1/4 of the global population and that the UK population had declined by c50% in recent decades. We are running a 5 year trial management experiment at six sites and are also part of the UK and Ireland Curlew Action Group which is trying to coordinate efforts between different organisations. We hope our experiment will help understand how habitat management + predator control can make a difference but we are also looking at the reasons why we have such high densities of generalists predators such as fox (second highest in Europe) and crow (highest in Europe). We will assess the relatively contribution of inappropriate afforestation, release of c40 million gamebirds and overgrazing. You can find out more about our curlew work here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/projects/curlew-recovery-programme/ I hope that helps. Best wishes, Martin
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