Right now we have an incredible opportunity to make a donation from you worth 10 times more.
It sounds too good to be true, but if you donate £10, we could receive £100. But whatever you can afford will be greatly appreciated.
How does that work?
Landfill site operators pay tax when they bury waste – and some of that tax is made available to conservation charities like the RSPB, through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).
We can apply to this fund for grants towards vital conservation projects - but only if a separate third party contributes at least 10 per cent of the total project cost.
A charity called The Nature Trust (Sandy) can unlock this money, by providing that initial 10 per cent. But The Nature Trust (Sandy) can only help us if it has sufficient funds itself.
Ten times better for wildlife!
Wildlife in many places has already benefited tenfold from funding from LCF, made available through The Nature Trust (Sandy). Here are just a few examples:
Newport Wetlands, in south-east Wales, has become a beacon of good practice and success in habitat creation. We're providing a haven for wildlife on the Severn estuary, from lapwings to bees and brown hares
Our nature reserve at Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland has installed a predator-proof electric fence to protect breeding waders like lapwings, which are declining across the UK
At Baron's Haugh, nestled next to urban Motherwell in Scotland, we've improved conditions for birds including woodpeckers, nuthatches and whooper swans
The seabirds, small mammals and insects that use our nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs on England's east coast will benefit from work carried out thanks to LCF funds.
We could do so much more
Many more projects like these will need extra funding in 2012. We should not let this remarkable source of income just slip through our fingers.
Without this funding, vital projects could be starved of funds. If you can donate today, dozens of vital conservation projects can have a secure future.
Martin Harper RSPB Director of Conservation