LIPU-UK was founded in 1989 and since then has been successful in supporting LIPU, the Italian League for Bird Protection, the BirdLife Partner in Italy, in many ways. LIPU-UK members have been to Italy to help on the ground with various projects and members and friends have together raised money totalling over £1,000,000 which has been committed to conservation work in support of the birds in Italy.
LIPU-UK has now come of age and achieved another milestone - having raised one million pounds all devoted to protecting birds in Italy. We are a registered charity and have around 1,000 supporters whose loyalty and generosity have made these things possible. Run entirely on a voluntary basis we have minimised our operating costs and succeed in most years in containing expenses below 10% of funds raised.
Members receive four colour newsletters, Ali (Wings), per year and all administration is done in this country so a lack of knowledge of Italian is no reason for not joining.
Each year the trustees of LIPU-UK choose a number of projects to support and in 2014 we are funding the following work in Italy:
This ambitious challenge sets us a target of raising about €100,000 and is our biggest annual commitment thus far.
Progress is being made and the situation is a lot better than it was in the 90s, but it is a slow process and there is still a long way to go. Help is still needed and you could play a part by joining LIPU-UK and knowing that your membership subscription of just £15 per year will be making a vital contribution to the safety of birds both in, and over, Italy. For more information please e-mail me now, or drop me line at:
David Lingard (LIPU-UK), Fernwood, Doddington Road, Whisby, Lincs, LN6 9BX, UK.