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John Burton's Green Diary

  • 05 April 2012
    World Land Trust (WLT) has always prided itself on its low overheads. But this is proving to be a real struggle. In times of economic downturn, we have had to ‘pedal much fas...
  • 02 April 2012
    Now regular readers of my blog will be aware that I have been pretty scathing about charities and awards ceremonies in the past, and so might be surprised to find out that the Worl...
  • 08 March 2012
    I noticed on eBay recently there was a lot of so-called ox bone on sale and strangely it was going for very high prices. It was also noticeable that much of it looked remarkab...
  • 08 February 2012
    I have started drafting a policy for the World Land Trust (WLT) on human populations. Our patron Sir David Attenborough has spoken about the subject and recently addressed the issu...
  • 28 January 2012
    Under Charity Commission guidance, a charity has a duty to accept all donations unless there can be shown a serious conflict. The general principle is that: “A decision not...
  • 16 January 2012
    As my long-term readers know I am not a great fan of awards and the Charity of the Year Awards is among my pet dislikes. This is because while entry is free (for these awards at le...
  • 22 December 2011
    Is it just the recession biting or has The Big Give disrupted online donations to the World Land Trust? It is too early to know the answer, but what we have recorded is a sharp de...
  • 20 December 2011
    Everywhere I go I seem to be being asked my opinion on the ‘controversy over the polar bear sequence' in the BBC’s Frozen Planet series. But to me there is nothing...
  • 12 December 2011
    Time for my annual whinge about Christmas Goats. Christian Aid, Oxfam, the MercyCorps, PresentAid, and many other aid charities are still promoting an expanding population of goats...
  • 29 November 2011
    Funding Turned Down Recently one of our partner organisations applied to a foundation for funding and it was turned down. Not uncommon, but what was unusual was that the foundatio...
  • 21 November 2011
    The WLT has a policy of not offering enticements to the public to increase support. Free gifts such as tee shirts, bird food etc.,  all have a cost, and the WLT believes that...
  • 14 November 2011
    According to Third Sector (the weekly newsletter of the Charity world) the CEO of UNICEF ‘receives a salary of $1,299,000 per year ($100,000 per month) plus all expenses, inc...
  • 01 November 2011
    Readers of my blog will know that I dislike 'chuggers' (Charity muggers -- the guys that stop you in the street and try and get you to sign a direct debit to a charity). I...
  • 31 October 2011
    Well not exactly ten a penny, but there are plenty waiting to be discovered. The lands which have been bought using funds raised by the World Land Trust (WLT) have proven a rich so...
  • 25 October 2011
    Concern for the conservation of rainforests really started in the 1980s. Since that time a number of Foundations and Trusts concerned solely with rainforest conservation have been...
  • 20 October 2011
    The WLT has been going over 20 years, and surprisingly, despite its dramatic growth and success in the last few years, relatively little of its income is from legacies. I am surpri...
  • 18 October 2011
    On 29th September 2011 Christies, the auctioneers sold three hummingbird specimens that were 'taxidermed' by John Gould. The estimate for the three specimens, in a nice pre...
  • 12 October 2011
    Someone I work with noted that I appeared to make disparaging remarks about Disneyland in a recent blog. For this I apologise, as I certainly wouldn't want to...
  • 27 September 2011
    What is nature, seems at first to be a stupid question. But many people seem to think that it is something separate from the human condition. But the reality is, that even when st...
  • 09 September 2011
    On holiday earlier this year, I went to the island of Cephalonia (Kefalonia) in the Greek Ionian Islands. Readers of this blog may recall that some time back I commented on the...
  • 02 September 2011
    Statistics can be used to prove almost anything,  and they are always open to abuse. Once upon a time (well, the mid sixties actually), Sir Peter Scott invented the Red Dat...
  • 05 August 2011
    I have been an outspoken critic in the past of aid agencies promoting livestock, particularly goats, as a solution to poverty in Africa. Of course it is not simply the goats tha...
  • 04 August 2011
    Conservation is an issue at all levels. Although on a day to day level I am usually working on project areas of 10,000 acres or more (up to 2.5 million acres — the size of...
  • 20 July 2011
    I have just flown to India for the launch of a collection of Emerald jewellery, which will be auctioned later in the year for Elephant conservationI know some of our supporters mig...
  • 21 June 2011
    Well what a let down. Conservation (like almost every thing in the world) has a few problems. It also has skeletons in cupboards. But Joy Adamson was neither a conservationist, nor...
  • 20 June 2011
    The World Land Trust welcomes investigations into how the conservation movement operates.Over the 20 plus years WLT has been in existence, we have striven to be as transparent as p...
  • 17 June 2011
    Last week I visited Chester Zoo, and came away feeling quite invigorated.Last year a group of BIAZA members visited the reserve they have helped to protect. Photo © Alan Marti...
  • 16 June 2011
    One of my favourite writers in Third Sector Magazine (the trade mag for charities) is Debra Allcock Tyler, the CEO of the Directory of Social Change.She invariably writes sense (or...
  • 13 June 2011
    Save it with a scarf designers, clockwise: Pheobe Farrell, Freya Perrett, Lollie Dunbar and Evelyn Males Echeverria. Photo © Sarah Molloy/LibertySave it with a Scarf was an am...
  • 13 June 2011
    Friends, colleagues, and readers of this blog will know that I have several pet hates. Among them are pet cats. Not all cats, but feral cats and pet cats that are allowed to roam t...
  • 10 June 2011
    A Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes), illustration by Bruce PearsonThe moral dilemma posted by Patrick McCusker on Black-footed Ferrets (The Black-footed Ferret – an...
  • 09 June 2011
    This is an archived news story: the text donation details have changed. Go to the Charity Text Donation page for the current details » At last text messaging for charity h...
  • 20 May 2011
    Among the many things that get me annoyed is revisionist history.I was surprised to read on the WWF website today that WWF was one of the founders of the TRAFFIC Group in 1976. Unf...
  • 13 May 2011
    What, might you ask, has Louis de Bernier's novel got to do with a blog on wildlife?Well last week I had a holiday. A true holiday because I forgot to take my iPhone with me, s...
  • 19 April 2011
    The London Review of Books this week has a very interesting article devoted to the impact of foreign aid in Afghanistan. Money as Weapon by Christopher de Bellaigue reinforces...
  • 18 April 2011
    The Adder didn' t slither away, but posed territorally to enable WLT staff to take this photo.  Last weekend saw some glorious spring weather and most...
  • 12 April 2011
    Where have Survival International been? Yesterday (11 April) they announced that 4000 hectares of forest in the Chaco have been destroyed in territory occupied by Ayoreo Indians....
  • 12 April 2011
    This week's Radio Times has a front cover Feature on Chris Packham, one of the best know wildlife presenters on TV. Chris is not only a great wildlife presenter, he is also pr...
  • 11 March 2011
    For a long time now most ornithologists have frowned on the practice of collecting (=killing) species thought to be new to science. This is because generally these species are like...
  • 11 March 2011
    WLT Patrons David Attenborough and David Gower are both long standing supporters of the Trust and have a genuine interest in wildlife conservation.A recent comment on one of my blo...
  • 09 March 2011
    Last Friday Simon Stuart, the current Chairman of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN, visited the World land Trust. The main purpose of his visit was to discuss with me...
  • 02 March 2011
    London zoo wants to raise £3.6 million ($5.85 million) to help save the Sumatran tiger. Of that, only £300,000 will actually get to Sumatra, the rest will be spent in L...
  • 17 February 2011
    The Keepers of the Wild Appeal will fund Rangers in Reserves such as REGUA shown here.The World Land Trust's Keepers of the Wild campaign got off to a flying start, with $100,0...
  • 14 February 2011
    Over the past couple of years, at almost every event I go to I am asked "how are you coping with the recession?", and "how is fundraising going?"The answers are...
  • 04 February 2011
    I have been approached many times recently by people who are interested in the World Land Trust's take on the Government's proposal to sell off publicly owned for...
  • 01 February 2011
    Bill Oddie at the award-winning WLT Chelsea Exhibition last yearThose regular readers of my blog will know that among my bêtes noir are Charity Awards. Flashy black tie dinners to...
  • 26 January 2011
    The RSPCA recently lost a High Court  appeal over a legacy. The RSPCA had been left a £2million legacy, but the daughter of the woman who died contested the will and won...
  • 06 January 2011
    The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is apparently "considering plans to make continuous professional development compulsory for any fundraiser who wants to be a member of the o...
  • 31 December 2010
    I have recently read “The Case of the Ayoreo”  (ISBN 978 99953 898 2 6), published in Paraguay. I ask: Does this document truly represent the views of the indigeno...
  • 29 December 2010
    The Charity world is often referred to as the 'Third Sector', but as time goes by I am really beginning to question its existence as a cohesive sector, and wonder if it is...

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