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Used Postage Stamps - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Please see below for some important information from our Community Fundraising Team around the collection of used stamps for our Albatross appeal.  For the reasons explained below we must cease collection of used postage stamps immediately.

A huge thank you if you have been collecting stamps over the years, all your hard work has made a considerable difference to our work to save the Albatross. Following a press release on 30 November from The Charity Commission, and subsequent stories in the national press regarding the fraudulent use of used postage stamps, we have been reviewing our current Albatross Stamp Appeal scheme.

We have decided to cease collection of used bulk postage stamps immediately but, continue with requests for the donation of stamp collections, first day covers and albums. Our web pages have been changed to reflect our new fundraising ask: https://www.rspb.org.uk/join-and-donate/other-ways-to-help/save-your-stamps/

We are determined to avoid any risk to our fundraising activity and to continue to raise thousands of pounds every year to save albatrosses from extinction both at sea and on land – with your support. The collection of ordinary used bulk postage stamps will cease immediately and we will focus on asking our supporters to donate stamp collections, first day covers and albums. These collectible items will be auctioned monthly by a specialist auction house we have worked with for some years. All funds raised, minus auction costs, will continue to support our Albatross Task Force work. Auctioned stamps have already raised many thousands of pounds over the last decade.

How the updated Albatross Stamp Appeal scheme will work: We will ask supporters to donate their old unwanted stamp collections, first day covers and albums We will ask donors to send them to us at RSPB Stamps, The Lodge, Sandy Beds SG19 2DL or, drop them off at their nearest RSPB reserve or office. Our contracted specialist auction house will continue to collect donations from The Lodge every month and re-lot them for optimum value for their monthly auctions. This well-established fundraising channel will continue to grow and raise thousands of pounds for albatross conservation every year thanks to our generous supporters.

Please note that our auction house is also a specialist of collectable coins, medals and small memorabilia – so these items are also very welcome donations and will help us grow fundraising income for albatross conservation.

The RSPB has responded promptly to the alert issued by the Charity Commission on 30th November 2018. This alert expressed concern regarding stamp fraud in relationship to used postage stamps, some arising from charity appeals, and was covered in the national press. The RSPB is determined to assure itself, and our supporters, that any materials collected to raise funds on its behalf are not used for fraudulent purposes.

Please dispose of your stamps in your appropriate local waste and recycling systems.

We are still able to accept stamp collections, first day covers and albums which can be deposited at our reserves and offices or sent to: RSPB Stamps, The Lodge, Sandy Beds SG19 2DL 

We cannot give the already collected stamps to another charity because The Charity Commission's advice applies to all charities so we are unable to pass on the stamps to another charity. Thank you all for your support and assistance with these changes.

The Government website which give further information can be accessed from the following link:
http://www.gov.uk/government/news/alert-for-charities-fundraising-and-postal-stamp-fraud


Peregrine

A juvenile peregrine
at Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral's peregrines
Two juveniles fledged on 13 June 2018 and can often be seen perched on the main tower of Lincoln Cathedral. The adult birds are resident and they too are often seen perched on the main tower of the Cathedral.
The watchpoint has finished for this year. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer for the 2019 watchpoint. (see the 'About Us' page for contact details).

Peregrine postcards
Postcards of one of Lincoln Cathedral juvenile peregrines, a female approximately 7 weeks old, are available from Lincoln Cathedral shop.


Birdfood sales
Due to the retirement of the existing bird food sales volunteers in May this year we are looking for someone to organise and sell birdfood at the monthly indoor meetings from September 2018. You will need to have a suitable vermin-free storage area and be able to transport bags of bird food to the meetings. You will also need to re-order stock from our supplier as and when required and weigh and bag the birdfood ready for sale. If you are interested in helping please contact any committee member. Contact details are on the 'About Us' page.


Volunteers Coordinator
A volunteer is required to organise the volunteers rota for the 2019 heron watchpoint at Hartsholme Country Park. Please contact a committee member if you want to find out more about the role and what it entails. Contact details are on the 'About Us' page.


Volunteering at Langford Lowfields
Do you have a passion for nature?
We're looking for volunteers to spend a few hours a week chatting to visitors here at our Langford Lowfields Nature Reserve. We are looking for volunteers for Thursday morning, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - half and full days available. You'll be based at our lovely beach hut and be able to get involved with pond dipping and events.
Click here for more information.

News from Lakenheath Fen - July 2018
Click here to read the latest news from Lakenheath Fen

And an update on Lakenheath Fen crane breeding - August 2018
Cranes fledging success 2018

Free coach travel for children on Sunday coach outings
You can book one free coach seat for a child under the age of 16 for each adult seat you book and pay for in advance - any admission charges will still apply, only the coach travel is free. We realise that it can be expensive for families to visit nature reserves so we are making this offer to encourage more people to bring children with them and encourage them to take an interest in birds, wildlife and our wonderful natural heritage.

To find out more about the RSPB click on the RSPB logo or visit www.rspb.org.uk


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