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Some Statistics

Income

£137.4 Million

Volunteers

12,000+

Hours in Meetings in One Month

2726

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Skype for Business Integration

Nature is in big trouble, but the RSPB have got big plans to save it. From now until 2030, they will be focusing on some ambitious plans and targets - working together with you and their partners to collectively change the fate of nature positively.

The RSPB was formed to counter the barbarous trade in plumes for women’s hats, a fashion responsible for the destruction of many thousands birds whose plumes had become fashionable in the late Victorian era. The organisation started life as The Plumage League, founded by Emily Williamson in 1889, and in 1891, Emily joined forces with Eliza Phillips - head of the Fur and Feather League in Croydon – to form the Society for the Protection of Birds.

The RSPB currently work all over the globe to inspire and educate others about nature and habitats, protecting and saving endangered species and wildlife, both at home in the UK and overseas. They are truly dedicated to species recovery and conservation, and have an ambition to double their own landholding by 2030.

The RSPB maintains over 200 reserves throughout the United Kingdom, covering a wide range of habitats, from estuaries and mudflats to urban habitats. The reserves often have bird hides provided for birdwatchers and many provide visitor centres, which include information about the wildlife that can be seen there. RSPB also organises the ‘Big Garden Birdwatch', the world's biggest wildlife survey. The 'Big Garden Birdwatch' helps the RSPB to get a better understanding of bird population trends in Britain, giving them the opportunity to take action against any declining species and habitats.

In 2015 the RSPB was awarded the management of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, as part of a partnership with Nottinghamshire Country Council, the Sherwood Forest Trust, Thorsby Estate and Continuum Attractions.

The RSPB also have their own award, The RSPB Medal. This is the RSPB’s most prestigious award and is presented to an individual in recognition of wild bird protection and countryside conservation. Those that have been awarded the medal since its debut in 1908 include Sir David Attenborough and Charles, HRH Prince of Wales.
 

The RSPB were looking for a service that could be used daily, for large groups and meetings along with speaking to external parties and shareholders. Looking to enhance their Green initiative and take the next step to ensure they received the very most out of their previous investments, they knew they needed to take things online. One of the biggest concerns for the RSPB was that, in order to get the most out of a service, they needed something that worked with Skype for Business, which is used internally.

Having supplied the RSPB with video conferencing systems previously, Questmark were the first organisation they turned to with this need, and after being shown how Visconn worked with the systems they already had in place, including Skype for Business, they were very excited to implement it throughout their offices.

The RSPB wanted a system to integrate with Skype for Business.

Did you know Visconn integrates with more than just Skype for Business?

Visconn is used for numerous meetings within the RSPB, including remote and field work, each meeting having an average of between 10-15 people participating via WebRTC, Skype for Business and their own hardware systems. Their usage of Visconn has grown phenomenally, and in March 2017 alone the entire user base at the RSPB spent 2726 hours in meetings, saving many days of travel time.

Of course, the RSPB is an environmentally friendly charity, and so having the ability to save so much travel time, fuel and energy by not needing to travel to attend meetings means that they are better able to concentrate on what matters to their organisation, from the inside out; Conversation and the environment.

"Having Visconn in our offices has not only helped us save costs, but has also meant we can better implement our core values within our teams. We still use our Skype for Business setup, but having the ability to connect to others that don’t have the service or that are working remotely means our operations can continue to grow without wondering if it’s having adverse affects on what we do as a charity. We use Visconn almost daily, and the amount of time and costs it has saved us as an organisation is brilliant!"

Luke Ludford

IT Manager

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