The main house at the Lodge RSPB reserve, UK headquaters of the RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire

Trusts and foundations

We are very fortunate to enjoy the generous and committed support of charitable trusts and foundations.

Trusts and foundations

 Many of these trusts and foundations provide unrestricted income each year, while others fund specific projects at national level, regional level and overseas. This support is vital to many areas of our work for wildlife and people.

A surprisingly small proportion of trust and foundation support goes to environmental causes in the UK, despite the threats now faced by wildlife, habitats and communities in so many places. We work with our partners to try to increase our meagre share of this funding cake!

Here's what some of our funders say about us.

The Tubney Charitable Trust

'The Tubney Charitable Trust has been very pleased to work with and support several RSPB projects in recent years. This support has included one-off grants, recurring grants over a period of years, and committed support for the RSPB's work in partnership with other NGOs, for core and project costs.

'We have always been impressed by the RSPB's clarity of thinking and strategic purpose, and its ability to achieve what it sets out to do, for a more sustainable world. We would be extremely pleased if part of Tubney's legacy were to have encouraged more trusts and foundations to support the environment through charities like the RSPB.'

René Olivieri, Chairman

Tubney has supported our:

  • Landscape-scale restoration of the internationally important Flow Country 
  • Protection of large areas of the Norfolk Broads 
  • Brading Marshes nature reserve in the Isle of Wight 
  • Marine campaigning in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

'We have supported the RSPB’s project to bring the red kite back to Northern Ireland. We were impressed that the project involves a great many partner organisations, volunteers and schools. It has aimed not only to restore this magnificent species to the landscape here, but to foster real pride and a sense of achievement across communities.

'We are delighted that, a few years on, the kites are breeding and the population is steadily increasing. The RSPB certainly has a track record of achieving what it sets out to do.'

Dr Sir Christopher Lever Bt.

Brecon Beacon Trust

'The Trust is always happy to support projects which develop a greater awareness and understanding of the natural environment and archaeological heritage. Never has it been more important to support charities such as the RSPB, who through their work help children gain an understanding of the natural world of which they are an inseparable part.'


The Robertson Trust

'The Robertson Trust is delighted to be instrumental in helping the RSPB to bring new and innovative environmental education opportunities to children in Scotland. Most recently, we have supported the Real World Learning Programme. We were happy to be able to extend our support for this project, which helps children in Dumfries and Galloway to discover and learn about nature first-hand.'

 RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland. November 10, 2010.
Coast on a stormy day

Conor Jameson

Trusts and Foundations Manager, Biodiversity
01767 693030