Terms and conditions
The Community is provided by the RSPB for people who love nature and wanted to share enthusiasm and ideas to help protect it.
We hope you will share your experiences and encourage others. The Community is moderated and will include occasional contributions from RSPB staff, who will clearly identify themselves as such.
Guidance on content
Be aware that users will have a wide range of interest, experience and knowledge - so please treat everyone with the respect and courtesy you would expect to receive yourself.
We appreciate that not everyone shares our views all of the time, and ask you to respect that too - this is a community to share enthusiasm for nature and helping to protect it. Please do not use it to air claims of personal or organisational grievance.
All posts have a 'Report abuse' button which you can use to complain to a moderator if you believe a post breaks these terms and conditions.
Terms and conditions
By submitting your contributions to the RSPB community, you agree to be legally bound by these terms and conditions;
Everyone is welcome to browse these forums and is encouraged to do so before registering a user profile. You must be a registered user of RSPB forums to post to RSPB forums. To complete registration, all users must submit a valid email address and date of birth. To ensure child safety and welfare, this community is only open to people over 18 years old.
Please treat fellow community members with the respect and courtesy you would expect to receive yourself. You may not post defamatory material to RSPB forums. In particular, you must be clear that any view you express/post is your own and relevant to the forum topic. Abusive, disruptive, irrelevant postings, comments and advertising may be removed and may result in your registration being deleted.
You can flag any material you think is offensive, anti-social or in breach of these terms and conditions using the 'Report abuse' button. That will bring content to the attention of RSPB community moderators. Postings within the community do not necessarily reflect the views of the RSPB and thus, the RSPB will not be held accountable for any postings deemed offensive in the first instance.
Please don't pass off other people’s text/images etc. as your own. Any contribution must be your own work; it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights, or covered by a public access or creative commons licence.
You are welcome to attach your own images or photographs, but files may be modified or removed if there are technical or legal reasons for doing so. By uploading a file, you agree to others making a copy of that file for personal use.
Please respect the privacy of others. If your contribution features other people who are recognisable, you are responsible for ensuring that you have their permission for the contribution in accordance with these terms and conditions. Contributions featuring children under 18 can only be accepted if you are the parent or guardian; by accepting these terms and conditions you warrant that you are the parent or guardian and that you grant permission for the contribution to be treated according to the uses set out above.
By submitting any contribution you agree the RSPB may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products. Any contribution you provide shall be non-confidential;
Uses of your contributions
The RSPB may retain your contribution and may choose to display your postings elsewhere on www.rspb.org.uk. The RSPB may also publish your contribution in other media; where possible we will approach you directly to confirm your permission for publication. The RSPB reserves the right to remove or redirect contributions that it considers to be contrary to the spirit of the terms and conditions of submission, including submissions it considers to be objectionable, offensive or violate copyright. The RSPB reserves the right to edit and alter submissions at all times.
The RSPB's rights in relation to your contribution
Publication of your contribution will be at the RSPB's sole discretion;
All posts will are subject to moderation by the RSPB. The RSPB reserves the right to edit, adapt, move or delete any contribution accepted in ensuring users uphold to these community terms and conditions. The RSPB will take reasonable steps to inform the user how or why their post is or was inappropriate, but may not always do so in every circumstance;
These terms and conditions (as amended from time to time) constitute the entire agreement between you and the RSPB concerning your contribution to RSPB Community. The RSPB reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as published on the website.
Your safety and personal details
You should never disclose any confidential information, especially your address or telephone numbers.
You may, if you wish, give some more details about yourself in 'My profile' such as location, gender and interests, which is visible to other members but is entirely optional and at your discretion.
Please report any inappropriate or excessive use of any facilities in this community to moderators.