Each year the British Birds Charitable Trust gives grants to bird conservation and education projects, both at home and abroad. It is able to do this from surpluses generated by sales of British Birds as well as donations from subscribers and even legacies. The Trustees then dispense this money as small grants. This grants programme started in 2011 and by 2019 over £75,000 had been awarded to worthwhile projects. Individual grants are mostly in the range £500 to £3,000. Some cover the entire cost of a project, but most act as a contribution to a bigger project. Details of the grants awarded up to 2018 are given below.
One of the Trust’s priorities is to support young people to help foster their interest in birds. These Young Birders’ Grants have been awarded for the purchase of ringing equipment or nest boxes, or to fund a residential stay in a Bird Observatory. Increasingly, though, these grants have been used to support research projects, such as seabird studies. Click here for an application form.
The Young Birders’ Grants are not included in the list below. They are mostly in the range £50 to £250 and are advertised here on the website and on social media, and individuals are invited to apply. The amount available as grants to young people has already been supplemented by donations from generous BB subscribers. Read about the 2019 young birder grant recipients here
In order to award these grants, BBCT relies on both the profit from British Birds, but also on kind donations from a whole range of individuals and, occasionally, companies. If you would like to donate to BBCT as an individual to assist in funding more grants, please either send a cheque payable to British Birds Charitable Trust to: British Birds, 4 Harlequin Gardens, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN37 7PF. You can increase the amount BBCT will receive by Gift Aid if you are an Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax payer by completing one of these forms and sending it with your donation. Alternatively, if you want to send the donation by bank transfer please e-mail [email protected] for account details, but please also print and send a Gift Aid form if you are a qualifying tax payer. If you represent a company or other donor, please contact the British Birds office on that email address for further information.
To contact the Trust to apply for a grant, please e-mail [email protected]
Grants awarded in 2019
– To the Southern Colour-ringing Group for the development of dynamic interactive mapping of colour-ringed birds, particularly Brent Geese. (£500)
– To Bonita Johnston of the BTO to support GPS tagging of Short-eared Owls to investigate movements and habitat use of individuals throughout the year. (£2000)
– To the Abberton Reservoir Ringing Group to train local ringers, and undertake outreach and research based on waterfowl monitoring. (£1950)
– To the Galapagos Conservation Trust to investigate causes of rapid decline in Vermillion Flycatchers. (£500)
– To the Wiltshire & Swindon Recrords Centre / WWT to radio tag breedign Curlews to determine hatitat use during the breeding season. (£3000)
– To the Batumi Raptor Count to scale up their educational programme for Georgian teachers and children to counter shooting of raptors. (£2000)
– to Chris Payne to increase the number of infra-red cameras for SKOLKHOLM LIVE, and to include Manx Shearwater nests. (£1150)
Grants awarded in 2018
– To the UK Twite monitoring project to continue colour-ringing and trial the use of bioacoustics to monitor Twites in inaccessible locations. (£402)
– To Friends of Red Kites, to support Satellite tagging of Red Kites in northeast England. (£2,863)
– To Marcel Gil Velasco to study the use of bioacoustics to monitor Barolo Shearwaters on the Canary Islands. (£1,030)
– To Sandwich Bay Observatory Trust for the Restharrow Scrape Appeal. (£1000)
– To the Aldabra Clean-up Project, supporting students from Queens College, Oxford, to clean accumulated plastic pollution from Aldabra and to put in place a plan and resources to maintain the clean-up process in future. (£1,500)
– To the European Breeding Bird Atlas to sponsor the species account for Willow/Red Grouse. (£450)
– To Flamborough Bird Observatory towards the construction of a cliff-top sea-watching shelter. (£1,000)
– To Hookpod Ltd. to further their work using hookpods to reduce the bycatch of albatrosses and other seabirds during long-line tuna fishing. (£1,000)
– To Simon Gillings of the BTO to use audio recording to monitor the calls and movements of nocturnal birds. (£1,015)
– To A Rocha International to carry out fieldwork in the forests of Eastern Nigeria. (£1,110)
– To the Felbeck Trust towards the purchase of tools to improve habitat and access to Sustead Common in Norfolk. (£1,500)
– To Liz Humphreys, BTO Scotland, towards her work on the movements of Arctic Skuas during both the breeding and non-breeding seasons. (£354)
– To the A. P. Levantis Conservation Foundation towards extension of the Becheve Reserve, Nigeria. (£3,000)
Grants awarded in 2017
– To Spurn Bird Observatory, for the construction of a migration viewing platform. (£9,500)
– To Birds of Arabia, and the production of an app, which would further encourage the study of birds in the area. (£1,000)
– To the Hookpod company, to support their work developing and distributing the Hookpod device, to protect birds being caught on fish hooks in longline fishing. (£1,000)
– To David Turner, North York Moors, for tagging young Eurasian Curlews in an established volunteer project to monitor movements and survival. (£1,200).
– To Batumi Raptor Migration Watch, an established watch site for raptor migration in Georgia, to help fund the travel and training of young Georgians. (£1,000)
Grants awarded in 2016
– To the Upper Onny Wildlife Research Group in Shropshire towards their work on Curlews (£1,500)
– To the European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (EBBA2) to support surveys in remote areas (£1,000)
– To help with Rat eradication at Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve (£500)
– To the BTO for satellite tracking of Cuckoos (£1,000)
Grants awarded in 2015
– To Birdlife International towards their study of illegal bird killing in Arabia (£1,000)
– To the BTO and China Birdwatching Society in support of the satellite tracking of Cuckoos from China (£1,000)
– To Birdlife International towards their campaign to save African vultures (£1,000)
– To the Spurn Bird Observatory Appeal (£1,000)
– To volunteers for work on Woodlarks, in memory PAD Hollom (£1,080)
Grants awarded in 2014
– To two volunteers to support their work on Nightjars in Norfolk (£1,260)
– To support further work led by RSPB on rat removal from Henderson Island (£1,000)
– To support the production of a book Birds of the Middle East in Arabic (£1,000)
– Towards a survey of Spoon-billed Sandpipers in the most important wintering site at Martaban Bay in Myanmar (£1,000)
– To Birdlife International for work on declining vulture populations (£1,000)
Grants awarded in 2013
– To Hong Kong Bird Watching Society to support counts of Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other waders on a newly-discovered stop-over site (£1,000).
– To the Hawk & Owl Trust towards management work on Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in Norfolk (£1,000)
– To two volunteers to support their work on Common Sandpipers in northern Scotland (£1,500)
– To a programme helping to combat bird killing in the eastern Mediterranean (£500)
Grants awarded in 2012
– To the World Land Trust for use in Armenia to support work on a major IBA (£1,000)
– To Nature Iraq, towards the publication of Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq (£1,000).
– To Farlington Ringing Group, Hampshire, towards work on Greenshanks (£1,000)
– To the New Forest Woodcock Group, towards work on Woodcock movements (£1,000)
– To the Isle of May Bird Observatory Appeal (£400)
Grants awarded in 2011
– To the BTO in support of the satellite tracking of Cuckoos (£1,500)
– Towards the RSPB-led rat elimination project on Henderson Island (£1,000)
– Towards the WWT-led Madagascar Pochard project (£1,000)
– To A Rocha for work on Roller conservation in France (£1,000)
Our first grant
Regular grant giving could not begin until 2011, but one earlier donation of £5,000 was given in 2009, to A Rocha Kenya for monitoring wintering terns and waders. The grant was given in memory of BB director Terry Smeeton and BB staff member Philippa Leegood, both of whom died suddenly.
Data protection policy
1. What data we collect and why we collect it.
The British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT) is a charity whose prime asset is the shareholding in BB 2000 Limited, publisher of British Birds. It also raises funds for its charitable objects, supporting ornithology and the conservation of birds, and makes charitable grants from funds raised and the distributable surplus from BB 2000 Ltd,.
In order to conduct our activities, we obtain details of private individual donors (name and address) which we use to enable us to reclaim tax from HMRC.
We will also have names, addresses and sometimes other contact details of individuals who are either candidates for grants and awards or the named contact were the candidate is a group or organisation, and where the grant applicant is under the age of 18 years, of their parent or guardian. Without these details we would not be able to notify candidates of the decision on their award, or send them the payment.
We do not share the information with any other organisation, except that the names of successful individual recipients of awards, or their representatives, will be passed to BB 2000 Limited for publication in British Birds as part of the promotion of the trust and its work, and applicants for grants who apply using BB 2000 Limited’s website will supply their personal contact information as part of such route for their application.
As the collection and use of this personal data is an essential part of the charity’s function and it is only used for such function, we rely on the legitimate interest ground in the General Data Protection Regulations.
2. Storage and Security
The personnel who keep the information we receive are as follows-
Donors’ names and addresses – these will be held by the trustee responsible for financial administration, the names being shared among trustees for information purposes and with directors of BB 2000 Limited, the trust’s trading subsidiary.
Names and addresses of individuals nominated to represent grant applicants – these will be held by the trustee or trustees responsible for administering the trust’s principal grant making activity. The name and address of the contact of the successful nominees will be supplied to the chair, the trustee responsible for financial administration and to the administrator of BB 2000 Limited to enable cheques for the grants to be drawn, signed and dispatched.
Names and addresses of individuals nominated for young persons’ awards – these are collected and held by individuals to whom the trust delegates running the scheme. The name and address of successful applicants will be supplied to the trustee responsible for grants and the administrator of BB 2000 Limited to enable cheques to be drawn, signed and dispatched.
All trustees and the others responsible for administering donations and grants store this information on personal computers, protected by off the shelf anti-virus software. As part of the trust’s regular meeting agendas, trustees will be reminded of the need to delete personal information for applicants, or contacts for applicants, when the information is no longer required. BB 2000 Limited itself has a data protection policy for personal information it holds or processes.
All individual information (other than names of successful individual donors and grant applicants, which will be kept permanently as a record of their success and the activities of the trust) will be deleted once used for consideration of grants, acknowledgement of donations and reclaiming tax on gifts under covenant, subject to retaining donor details for a period as recommended for data for tax purposes by HM Revenue and Customs.
Although we do not currently do so, we may carry out some analysis of the grant applications we receive and source of individual donations to enable us to understand better the effectiveness of our fundraising and donation activity which will be carried out before such data is destroyed, but the results of the analysis will not include any individual’s data that would enable any donor, grant recipient or nominee to be identified. No other processing of data will be undertaken.
3. Your rights in relation to data we hold
Under UK and EU data protection legislation, individuals whose data is held by an organisation have rights in relation to such data. These are (in outline, and insofar as relevant to our activities) rights to be informed of the information held, to be supplied with copies, to require details to be corrected or updated, to require deletion of information no longer needed, and to restrict the use of data or its processing. Should you wish to exercise any right, please contact the trust’s chair (currently Neil Bucknell, c/o 4 Harlequin Gardens, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7PF, email – [email protected]).