Sale of mod­ern and vin­tage guns

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sothe­bys, lon­don www.gavin­gar­ which acts for the cam­paign group you for­got the Birds. led by sir ian Botham, the group was “set up in 2014 to pro­vide a chal­lenge the rspb’s view­point”.

the ar­ti­cle re­peated a num­ber of the group’s pre­vi­ous crit­i­cisms of the rspb, in­clud­ing that it is fail­ing to take an ad­e­quately ro­bust ap­proach to preda­tor con­trol to pro­tect ground-nest­ing birds and that it had be­come too fo­cused to show a sur­plus of more than £2mil­lion, closer ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed a more com­plex pic­ture. a re­port ad­mit­ted that a change in the way some ex­penses were ac­counted for “would re­sult in a deficit of £4.1mil­lion, rather than a sur­plus of £2.6mil­lion, and some of our fi­nan­cial re­serves have been utilised to fund this deficit”.

While the deficit is not of the scale sug­gested on guido fawkes, it has re­quired the rspb to dip into its re­serves and to sell a £3mil­lion prop­erty. a se­nior rspb of­fi­cer has con­firmed that the char­ity is be­ing forced to shed jobs.

Com­ment­ing on a post on the rspb blog site, con­ser­va­tion di­rec­tor mar­tin harper said:

“over a three-year pe­riod we expect there to be be­tween 200 to 300 fewer staff work­ing for us com­pared with 2017 lev­els.”

he was un­able to con­firm that there would not be any com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies, say­ing: “our plan is to do what we can where pos­si­ble to avoid manda­tory re­dun­dancy.”

some rspb mem­bers ex­pressed their dis­con­tent, with one ask­ing: “When was the rspb go­ing to let the mem­ber­ship know that around 10 per cent of the staff are be­ing made re­dun­dant and about the fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties which have pre­sum­ably caused this de­ci­sion? We don’t all go to the agm.”

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