View across lake, RSPB Lake Vyrnwy nature reserve

Financing nature

We are the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe so it's important to focus not only on providing funding for our own activities, but also to act on behalf of the broader conservation movement to generate sources of finance.

Financing nature

We are committed to establishing innovative sources of finance for the natural environment in Europe and the UK.

Direct revenues from charitable contributions and memberships are only one source of potential income. Public funding from the government is also an important source of finance.

We work hard to make the case for the natural environment in Westminster and Europe, to win funds and drive nature and wildlife up the political agenda.

In addition to public finance, it is important to stay open to potential sources of private finance which could become available from green-minded firms and investors.

Government intervention remains critical to growing private investment in conservation delivery. We believe that that judicious use of public money to enhance biodiversity; improve water and air quality; facilitate carbon storage; and improve mental and physical health with nature, can “crowd in” private sector funding.

 Ling heather Calluna vulgaris. Corrimony RSPB reserve. Scotland


This discussion paper identifies key issues that must be addressed if we are to scale up financing for conservation. PDF, 1.4Mb.

Bridging the finance gap