The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - giving nature a homeThe Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.

Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again.

We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Facts and figures

  • Over a million members, including over 200,000 youth members.
  • A staff of over 2,000 people and almost 13,000 volunteers.
  • Resources available for charitable purposes in 2014 was £99.0 million.
  • 200 nature reserves covering almost 130,000 hectares, home to 80 per cent of our rarest or most threatened bird species.
  • A UK headquarters, three national offices and nine regional offices.
  • A local network of 150 local groups and more than 80 youth groups.
  • At least six volunteers for every paid member of staff.

Sherwood Forest visitor centre development

A consortium led by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has been chosen as the preferred bidder to design, build and operate a new visitor centre and to manage the stunning natural habitats within Sherwood Forest Country Park.

The consortium also features The Sherwood Forest Trust, Continuum Attractions and Thoresby Estate as part of a £5.3m investment programme.

Around 350,000 visitors visit the park each year and the hugely successful Robin Hood Festival will take place again in 2016.

Sherwood Forest will continue to be free to visitors. The County Council will remain responsible for running the current visitor facilities and country park through the design and development phase until the new centre opens. 

The existing visitor centre is on a site that is important for nature and full of veteran oak trees (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and must be relocated. The new centre will be on land at Forest Corner, close to Edwinstowe village. Detailed designs will be shared in consultation with stakeholders and the local community when planning permission is sought in spring 2016. 

By working with the RSPB and its partners we will transform the visitor experience at Sherwood Forest, while reducing public expenditure on the site and preserving its unique ecology and natural surroundings.