The South East Essex Group of the RSPB is a semi-autonomous group of members of the RSPB whose purpose is to support the RSPB in carrying Out the Society’s objectives in the Southend-on-Sea area. Those objectives are:
The group recruits new members to the RSPB and raises funds to contribute directly to projects undertaken by the RSPB selected by the Groups Committee on behalf of its members.
The Group also provides activities for its members to give better access to our birdlife such as organising local field trips, day long coach trips to more distant nature reserves and to well known wildlife locations and by arranging weekend holidays in the UK and Europe.
Please see our calendar of events page for details of our indoor evening meetings, we will be very happy for you to join us at these meetings
Members who belong to the RSPB have free access to over 100 RSPB nature reserves. Members also receive four times a year the RSPB award winning full colour magazine BIRDS.
South East Essex RSPB Membership Rates:
Admission charges for indoor meetings South East Essex RSPB Members £3.00, Guests £4.00.
We would prefer group members to be RSPB members.
Volunteering for the South East Essex Local Members Group
The Southend Group holds a varied programme of events for its members including indoor meetings every month (based on guest speakers presenting talks based on slide shows etc.), coach outings, local walks and other events.
The group has also been active at local shows and has held coffee mornings and jumble sales to promote the RSPB and to raise funds. The Group would also like to find new opportunities to raise public awareness about conservation and the RSPB, and to recruit new members.
Amongst its members, the South East Essex RSPB Members Group is constantly looking for individuals to support its work.
At any one time there are usually vacancies on the Group's committee and for volunteers who can carry out specific roles. An individual's commitment can be as extensive as they feel comfortable with, helping with a single event or taking a significant role on the committee.
People with specialist skills and some free time are particularly welcome to discuss how they can help the Group, in whatever capacity.
In the first instance please contact the Web Author:
Joining the RSPB
If you would like further information about membership of the national RSPB please contact them at the address below or, alternatively, click here for the main RSPB website.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds registered charity number 207076
Come and help us . . . Volunteer for the RSPB
If you care about the environment, you may have thought about volunteering to help the RSPB. Here we answer some of the questions you may have about how you can help.
Have I got what it takes to become a volunteer for the RSPB?
The RSPB is Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity with over 1,500,000 members. We already have over 9,000 committed volunteers who:
Whatever your background, the RSPB would like to hear from you. You can contribute as much or as little time as you wish.
You will be able to support the RSPB even if you do not know much about birds and the environment - many people help out at special fundraising events, carry out administrative work or collect donations from the public.
Are there any benefits for me?
The RSPB needs its volunteers to play an effective part in its organisation, but you will not be thrown in at the deep end. When you become a volunteer you will have a full introduction to the RSPB, its work and your role along with specialist training for the work you are going to do. As a volunteer for the RSPB you could gain important transferable skills in conservation, team raising, campaigning, finance, teambuilding or management, all of which could benefit you in your working life.
Our volunteers also gain from the social life associated with their work for the RSPB - what better way to meet like-minded people with a variety of skills and ideas to contribute?
How can I help?
There are many ways of volunteering for the RSPB. There could be something that you could do that will make a real difference for wildlife.
Volunteering on nature reserves
There are opportunities for residential and non-residential work on our nature reserves. It's not all practical conservation work - volunteers also work in our visitor's centres and help with education and carry out research and monitoring work on the wide variety of wildlife on RSPB nature reserves.
Join your local group
There are almost 170 RSPB members' groups throughout the UK, from Belfast to Orkney and Cardiff to Southend. Members' groups are an ideal way to get the most from your RSPB membership, and find out more about the RSPB and its UK and international conservation work. They also provide for RSPB members - whether novice or expert - who want to know more about birds. An RSPB members' group is very much a two-way thing: it can help you, but you can help in lots of ways:
In short, groups need your enthusiasm, expertise, ideas and time. They will be happy to welcome you to their meetings.
The RSPB is a charity. Without membership subscriptions and donations, we couldn't do our vital work of protecting wildlife and special habitats. Our fund-raising takes many forms, and everyone can get involved. It doesn't have to be a chore.
Work with young people
The RSPB has 180 local youth groups, all run by volunteers - without these volunteer leaders, we would be unable to involve, encourage and nurture the enthusiasm of young people for wildlife and the environment.
RSPB team challenges provide an opportunity for groups of 10-30 people, from companies or other organisations, to contribute to our wildlife conservation work in a very direct and practical way. The RSPB can provide one-day or longer challenges that contribute to the management of internationally important wildlife sites.
For companies, it is an opportunity for employees to have an unusual and memorable day out and to apply teamwork in a very different environment from the office. Benefits to you include:
Using specialist skills
Many people help us by using their specialist skills. An electrician carries out health and safety checks on our nature reserves, translators work for our International Department, and artists create displays for our nature reserves and special events. There are thousands of ways to help conservation - whatever your skill, we may need it!
How it will help you
It's not just conservation that benefits when you volunteer. You will meet like-minded people, gain valuable skills and have a lot of fun too!
The Future of the RSPB
The RSPB champions the conservation of birds and other wildlife, in the UK and worldwide, in the interests of wildlife, the natural environment and people. It promotes the diversity, populations and distribution of birds and other wildlife, through the protection and re-creation of habitats.
This task is far greater than the RSPB's resources would allow, so we have to set priorities. In particular, these are birds or habitats under threat from national or international viewpoints. By tackling these larger threats - such as those posed by modern farming policies or planning issues - we have our influence on local problems, such as the removal of old hedgerows, or the spread of towns. The species the RSPB will pay particular attention to over the next five years are: corncrake, Scottish crossbill, bittern, white-tailed eagle, hen harrier, black grouse, capercaillie, stone-curlew, black-tailed godwit, skylark, song thrush, cirl bunting, arctic tern, lapwing and chough.
The habitats we will concentrate on are native pinewood, lowland heath, lowland wet grassland, reedbeds and active blanket bogs, the sea, estuaries, lowland farms, lowland raised mires, machair, chalk downland, upland heath and grasslands, montane and lowland rivers and catchments. These habitats are all important for our rarest birds, suffering large scale decline in extent or quality, are important internationally and will benefit from RSPB conservation action.
That is quite a mission, so the RSPB has set itself underlying themes to help plan its work for the next five years. These are:
Birds to biodiversity
Biodiversity and sustainability
A local presence for national issues
In addition, we will continue to work towards the goals we have already set: the expansion of our international work; the in influencing local and national policies that impact on conservation; and maintaining our land acquisition programme.
We have set objectives for all areas of our work. These are:
Conservation in the UK
We will acquire land, focusing on major extensions to our existing nature reserves. In general, the larger blocks of habitat that result are better for wildlife than an equivalent amount of land in separate parcels. We will fight for better protection and management of wildlife sites not in conservation ownership. We will also place greater emphasis on rural land-use policy and work to encourage farming that is more sensitive to the environment. We will operate by well-researched, reasoned argument.
We will encourage BirdLife International partners by helping them to develop strategies to collect data, to safeguard Important Bird Areas, to devise and undertake conservation and development projects and to build and strengthen their organisations.
Youth and education
We will seek to influence agricultural education and the training of other key professionals, such as planners and land agents. We will expand the Wildlife Explorers and RSPB Phoenix, our young people's clubs, and will develop specific activities for children under eight.
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