Sand Martin Trust fledged as a Scottish charity on the 12th May, 2000.
However, it had been a long time in the nest. 1971 could
be given as the laying date of the first egg, as it was during that
year that our Founder built his first death-trap of an artificial
breeding site. Fortunately he sold the property and removed the
site before it was occupied, and learned his first lesson. There
must be security of site tenure before an artificial Sand Martin
breeding site is built.
But why so long before
taking charitable status? Our Founder enjoyed his long-term study of the
Sand Martin (from 1965 and ongoing) and supplying information to those requesting it and tried
to ignore the cost. What he wasn't prepared to ignore was the
fact that if someone appreciated his help so much that they wanted to
donate to the cause, he personally was liable for the tax.
However he ensures that the Trustees are able to apply some strict rules about your money donated to The Sand
Martin Trust. Not one penny is spent on salaries, wages, expenses or
Are we a unique charity in this respect? Perhaps not, but it
that anyone involved with The Sand Martin Trust receives no benefit
other than the pleasure of being involved in our work. For you
it means that your donation will directly help provide additional safe
breeding sites for Sand Martins.
The Sand Martin Trust's Charitable Purposes are:-
To conserve the Sand Martin species and to conserve the natural habitats and recreate habitats of the Sand Martin
advance the education of the public in the ecological requirements of
the Sand Martin generally and more particularly in the need for safe
breeding sites and to carry out researchnecessary for the conservation of the Sand Martin (The
normal definition of 'habitat' applies: 'the natural home of an
animal or plant' and for practical purposes this is interpreted by The
Sand Martin Trust as that area necessary for the physical integrity of
the actual breeding site and for Sand Martins to use the site without