I saw a post on the Orkney Wildlife Facebook page… https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/133013273445588/ about the position of RSPB Warden on Hoy being cut to part-time and wanted to sign the petition mentioned there, asking the RSPB to reconsider – but couldn’t work out how.
I emailed Ross Flett to ask, and Ross helpfully replied….
”I had that problem as well and have just discovered that the actual post is the petition so it’s just a matter of adding the word ‘signed’ in comments.”
I had a go, but I can’t access the site to post a comment – possibly because I’m not on Facebook. I can look at the pages, but can’t interact with them. I tried going to the original post on the Hoy Facebook site – and Facebook wouldn’t even let me look at it!
Not everyone is on Facebook, and this could mean that other folk who would like to sign – can’t.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, so I thought I’d approach it this way so that even if I can’t – others can – if they choose to…..and are on Facebook!
Someone who can access Facebook copied the link and the text for me…. here it is…
“Please sign the petition below calling on the RSPB to reverse their decision to cut the Hoy warden job to part time.
If you want to sign just write ‘signed’ in the comments.
Paper petitions will also be available on the island.
Can I please ask that people avoid adding any other comments on this post for now.
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The RSPB has taken the decision to cut the RSPB warden post in Hoy to a part time job.
The reserve makes up almost a third of our island and includes some of the most important features of our landscape, including the Old Man of Hoy, St John’s Head and the Ward Hill.
The RSPB have decided they can manage and maintain this important part of our island, and our community’s heritage, with a part time post.
The RSPB has failed to take into account the impact this will have, not only on the management of a vast part of our island, but on our small community, of which the warden and her family are integral part.
The warden’s job currently supports a family of 4 to live in Hoy. The warden has lived and worked in Hoy for 20 years, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience both of the reserve and as a member of our island community. A part time post cannot support a family to live on the island. This effectively means the warden, her husband and two young children, will have to leave their family home, as their house is owned by the RSPB and is tied to the job.
This decision has been taken with no consultation with our community and we are stunned and horrified that an organisation such as the RSPB can treat their employee, our friend and neighbour, and our community, in this manner.
We the undersigned demand the RSPB recognise the consequences of their actions and reverse the decision to cut the warden post.
And this – about a public meeting on Friday….
This decision on the part of the RSPB is very bad indeed – they are one of the richest charities around – they can well afford to keep the post as full time.
Also – think how many visitors are attracted to Hoy because of the birds – including in recent years – Eagles! That’s a good thing, but more people means that more vigilance is necessary on the part of the Warden.
Maybe, somewhere in the labyrinth of offices at the RSPB HQ this makes economic sense – but money isn’t everything – and they have plenty.
I’ll also contact the RSPB about it. Mike and I are long-standing members of the RSPB , and have increasingly come to the conclusion that – as happens with many organizations – they have got too big and lost sight of their initial aims.
This decision is simply un-necessary and wrong.