The autumn issue of Butterfly came through the door yesterday, and with it Butterfly Conservation’s Annual Review for 2012/13. Both are so well-produced and interesting that I have read them already.
I highlighted the last issue of the magazine as being superb, and I’m not going to do it three times a year (though I will tell you if I think standards drop badly), but it is worth recording that it clearly wasn’t a one-off. This is a really interesting read which is really beautifully produced.
It seems that I am not the only person to be impressed by Butterfly Conservation’s style and substance as the Annual Review states that membership, at 19,100, is at an all-time high (and the 20,000 mark was passed in August this year!). If you are thinking about joining then you should get a move on. For just the next 10 days, if you join, by Direct Debit, then you will not be charged for your first year of membership (and four copies of a wonderful magazine) but payment will kick in automatically for your second year. That is a great deal – so go for it! I see that retention of members is at a whopping 91% so it doesn’t look as though you are likely to regret the decision (and I certainly never have).
Times are hard for most NGOs, large and small, but it is more nerve-wracking for the small ones. The Annual Review mentions the drop in grant and contract income in the year in question. When government tightens its belt, organisations like Butterfly Conservation feel the pinch too.
Butterfly Conservation is a £3m per annum turnover organisation. That is small and vulnerable, but the organisation does an awful lot with that money and is certainly a high-flier.
The Annual Review reminds me that, in the year in question, Butterfly Conservation published two important reports, on Landscape-scale conservation and Larger Moths, both of which were covered in this blog.
I saw a Large White in the garden a couple of days ago. Was that the last of autumn? I’m already looking forward to catching up with Duke of Burgundy next spring and I know that Butterfly Conservation will be working hard for butterflies and moths all through the cold months of winter.