Hen Harrier Action is a registered charity. It is also, like many charities, established as a company limited by guarantee.
An important consequence of being a limited company is that our objects – the purposes for which we are set up – are contained in our 'Memorandum and Articles of Association'. This document effectively defines the scope of our activity because, importantly, we can't do things that are not covered by our objects. Our objects are broadly equivalent in organisational terms to our aims and objectives.
For the most part, the 99 paragraphs of our 'Mem & Arts' contain standard legal material. Only a small part is specific to HHA. The two key articles are:
4 The company’s objects are:
(1) to promote conservation of the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), in particular its protection from illegal persecution. The hen harrier is a red-listed Bird of Conservation Concern.
(2) alongside and in support of its principle objective: to promote the conservation and better protection of other raptors threatened by illegal persecution; to promote biodiversity in the areas, particularly the uplands, where hen harriers and other raptors are found; to raise awareness of activities in such areas which are damaging to the hen harrier, to raptors and other animals or to the environment more generally; and to increase public awareness of wildlife crime and its prevention.
(3) thereby to bring wider benefit to the environment, to wildlife, and to public enjoyment of nature, especially in the uplands.
7 In pursuance of the objects listed in article 4 (but not otherwise), the company shall have the following powers:
(a) To hold public events, support such events held by others, undertake campaigns, public education and lobbying, and disseminate research and information.
(b) - (t) To do other things (a long standard list) which further the company’s objects.
The full version of our Memorandum and Articles of Association is here.