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RSPB: Grants

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants (a) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (b) the Environment Agency, (c) Natural England, and (d) the Forestry Commission have given to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds over each of the past five years.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The table below represents payments made by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds over each of the last five years and the description identifies the programme objective. To identify specific grant payments within these would incur disproportionate cost.

2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07
Avian Influenza Preparedness 125,605 133,135 128,747
Axis II Policy 173
Common Agricultural Policy Reform Implementation 5,000
Darwin Initiative 667,147 314,274 381,559 444,930 406,359
Ecosystems Approach Project 529
England Biodiversity Strategy 264 10,000
Environmental Behaviours Policy 6,093
Environmental Stewardship R&D 85,499 175,622 277,544 165,652 79,681
Farmland Conservation 185,417
Habitat Monitoring 7,181 2,391 9,627 4,697
International Sustainable Development 18,000
Marine Environment Research Programme 110
Municipal Waste and Culture Change 854
Pesticides 18,442
Promotion of Sustainable Development 72,000 42,000
R&D Marine Programme 23,933
RSPB's ISB Round 7FM Project 54,300 43,422 71,509
SCP and Waste Programme evidence 58,239 10,490 30,460
SCP Evidence 40,949
Strategic relationship management: THIRD SECTOR strategy 1,200
Sustainable Livestock Farming 2,792
WAC Corporate Support 4,416
Waste statistical evidence 19,543 52,702
Wildlife and Countryside Publicity 920 449 400 423
Wildlife Habitats and Biodiversity 176

The Environment Agency has not given any grants to the RSPB in this period.

The Environment Agency has made direct payments of £5.9 million to RSPB over the past five years, £3 million of this relates specifically to the Wallasea Island Habitat Project in the Anglian Region. The remainder has been for collaborative projects and contributions to a range of sustainability initiatives.

The payments in each year were:

2006-07-£224,591.15;2007-08-£303,308.18; 2008-09-£1,174,985.72; 2009-10-£2,523,053.66; and 2010-11-£1,726,799.18.

The table below details the payments Natural England have made to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds over each of the past four years. We do not have details of grants for the financial year 2006-07 as Natural England was not vested until October 2006.

Rural Development Programme for England spend to RSPB
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Countryside Stewardship Scheme 310,294.74 304,545.54 291,696.06 221,202.90
Entry Level plus Higher Level Stewardship 247,996.09 328,345.28 852,758.71 819,942.97
Entry Level Stewardship 6,941.50 7,285.26
Environmentally Sensitive Areas 794,154.13 818,602.50 535,253.90 687,965.71
ESA Conservation Plan 31,295.99 35,214.57 127,986.01 143,029.83
Higher Level Stewardship 9,334.00 20,485.40 59,917.12 177,176.45
Organic Farming Scheme 268.80 -
Total 1,400,285.25 1,514,478.55 1,867,611.80 2,049,317.86
Grant In Aid grant spend to RSPB
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Access to Nature Grant Scheme - - 61,539.40 172,689.61
Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) 153,627.00 116,812.00 305,687.70 321,227.51
Countdown 2010 Grants 81,901.00 119,469.00 196,152.19 302,129.24
Natural Assets Grants - - 30,005.00 51,213.17
Action for Birds in England Partnership AFBIE) 622,915.00 1,250,942.00 376,617.00 360,500.00
Great Bustard Reintroduction - - 5,000.00
Species Recovery Project - - 15,618.00 8,618.00
Red Kite Recovery Project 20,000.00 - - -
Species Recovery Project - - 39,892.78 38,020.92
Biodiversity priority species - other - 3,000.00 8,000.00 6,500.00
Farmland birds - 2,549.00 10,979.00 86,305.92
Wetland Vision 5,000.00 10,000.00 337,751.34 228,607.82
Restoration work at Leighton Moss - - 18,848.00
NW wetland projects 40,213.00 -
Wet grassland training course - - 1,449.00
National Nature Reserves (NNR) 27,078 00 29,191.00 42,099.15 29,112.69
SSSI management /condition assessments 33,023.00 65,916.00 78,155.61 40,119.22
Nature After Minerals Project 13,953.00 34,751.00 40,760.00 49,902.00
Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) - - 287.50
Climate Change Project 5,000.00 -
Fens IBDA development - - 7,000.00
Green infrastructure support and development - 49,436.00 113.85
Heath Interreg Project - 3,866.00
Hedge management event - 734.00
Land management advisory work 2,000.00 2,740.00 172.50
Leaflet on safe use of rodenticides 160.50
Staff Secondments 3,415.00 922.00 12,863.00 410.40
Reedbed hydrological survey-East Sussex 2,000.00
South East England Biodiversity Forum (SEEBF) 2,300.00
Total 1,008,125.00 1,692,328.00 1,579,451.52 1,707,356.50

The figures below are for grants awarded by the Forestry Commission under the English Woodland Grant Scheme to the RSPB.

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Total
Total 47,168.73 67,008.28 47,599.97 93,105.76 72,291.89 327,174.63

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