Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity. It has over one million members—that is more than the UK's three main political parties combined.

It was founded in 1889 in England, initially to stop the use of grebe "fur"— the use of the plumage of the Great Crested Grebe on ladies' clothing to simulate real fur. Great Crested Grebes were close to extinction before the RSPB campaign.

Its headquarters are at The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.

As of 2001, the RSPB had 168 bird reserves in the United Kingdom, covering 1,150 km².

The RSPB is a registered charity.

The emblem of the Royal Society is an avocet.

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