Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley joined the RSPB in 1893, became a member of the first Council in 1904 & a Vice-President in 1912. Passionately opposed to the traffic in birds’ plumage, he wrote an effective poem on the subject, ‘My Feathered Lady’ & spoke vigorously in support of the present Plumage Bill at the Society’s Annual Meeting in March last year. He was also particularly sympathetic with the Bird and Tree Movement, & presented the beautiful Cumberland Challenge Shield, which was designed by Mrs Rawnsley.

(Bird Notes and News, 1920-21, Vol. IX, pp. 13-14.)