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Highlands Scotland's Wild Heart

Highlands Scotland's Wild Heart

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£25.00 £19.99
Collins Bird Guide

Collins Bird Guide

2015 Revised Edition. Includes Moltoni's Warbler and other splits.

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£30.00 £18.99
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£19.99 £15.99
Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Volume 6: Lagomorphs and Rodents

Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Volume 6: Lagomorphs and Rodents

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£149.99 £114.99 including p&p. Pre-publication offer until 15 May 2016
Flight Identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

Flight Identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

Reprinting. Stock expected 7 July 2016.

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£45.00 £38.99 until 30 June
DVDs - SALE EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND - Now Half-price until 30 JUNE 2016 !
British Waders

British Waders

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£29.95 £14.95
Guide to British Birds

Guide to British Birds

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£29.95 £14.95
WildSounds and the Hawk & Owl Trust

Ever had that Attenborough moment? Click here to read more about WildSounds, the Hawk & Owl trust and what we've done on Norwich Cathedral.


Click here to read more about our commitment to the Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

Sounds Confusing?

Confused by bird sounds? Click here for a useful guide to help decide which sound guide for Britain and/or Europe might be best for you.

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2016 Forthcoming Events

Visit the WildSounds stand and save up to 90%. If you plan to visit any of the following events and would like to peruse a particular item, please phone (01263-741100) or email at least a week in advance. There is no obligation to purchase.

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August
THE British Bird Watching Fair
Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland LE15 8BT
Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 November
Please note this is a week earlier than usual!
North West Bird Watching Festival
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, L40 0TA
Supporting Conservation including the WildSounds Commission for Conservation programme

For the past few years WildSounds has been fortunate enough to be a sponsor of the British Birdwatching Fair (Associate Sponsor) and the Birdlife International Preventing Extinctions programme (where we were the first species champion for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper!). Not to mention our work with the Hawk & Owl Trust and their Peregrine nesting platform on Norwich Cathedral and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the flagship reserve at Cley-next-the-sea. In 2013 we decided to support the British Birdwatching Fair by co-sponsoring Lecture Marquee 3 - in part due to there being no celebrity lecture at Birdfair in 2013. In 2014 we co-sponsored the Wildlife Author's Forum and we did the same in 2015. The rest of our support continues unabated.

Commission for Conservation

Since we began our Commission for Conservation programme in 2004 we have donated over £15 000 to good causes. The current top 5 beneficiaries of the funds are:

£3,701.71  Hawk & Owl Trust
£2,517.44  African Bird Club
£1,224.32  BirdLife International (various projects, including the Saving Species from Extinction : Spoon-billed Sandpiper project)
£203.84  Oriental Bird Club (various projects)
£92.86  Norfolk Wildlife Trust

How have these funds been collected? A large number of organisations take part in our Commission for Conservation programme. They encourage their members and visitors to use links from their website to buy from WildSounds. Based on these sales, we donate 5% of most book & DVD sales and 3% of most electronic equipment sales to the charities nominated by the participants in the programme. (If you would like to join this worthwhile programme, or nominate a like-minded organisation that you think should join, please contact me at

Participants who helped raised money in the Commission for Conservation Programme include:

ParticipantAmount Raised  Supported Charity
Bird Watching Magazine Bookshop£2,777.53 Hawk & Owl Trust
African Bird Club£2,433.56 
Bird Watching Magazine Bookshop£661.79 Birdlife International
Rare Bird Alert£206.77 Birdlife International's Spoon-billed Sandpiper project
Limosa Holidays£191.00 Oriental Bird Club - Sociable Plover project
Hawk & Owl Trust£103.34 
Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society£91.96 
Norfolk Wildlife Trust£72.65 
In-Focus£53.71 Birdlife International
Limosa Holidays£51.43 Birdlife International
BirdQuest£48.58 Birdlife International
Lee Evans£48.16 Birdlife International
WildWings£43.71 Birdlife International: Save the Albatross
Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers£32.96 
Birds Illustrated£28.00 Birdlife International
Sunbird Tours£16.10 Birdlife International
Avian Adventures£11.54 Birdlife International
Wild About India£10.99 OBC
Steve Smith: Birding in Spain£10.74 Birdlife International
Ornithological Society of the Middle East… (OSME)£6.25 
British Birdwatching Fair£2.60 
Wiltshire Ornithological Society£2.35 
Simon King£2.20 TUSK
Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust£1.42 
Bird Watching & Wildlife Club£0.64 Birdlife International

(If there is a discrepancy between the total amount raised and the total amount donated to a charity - it is because we occasionally round up cheques. This is a list of others organisations participating in Commission for Conservation and does not include funds raised by WildSounds through our email newsletter, etc.)

Penny Pots

With Duncan's infectious enthusiasm, and several strategically placed collection tins (penny-pots) near our till points at events, we have raised significant funds over the years. Another important source has been a Virtual Penny-pot launched in August 2010. When you place an online order with WildSounds you'll be given the opportunity to add money to a virtual penny-pot (at the bottom of the third stage of the order form).

It is important to realise that these funds come directly from our customers, it is heart-warming to know that so many care as passionately as we do. The buzz of excitement in our office when someone generously donates as much as £5 or even £10 to their order is palpable.

  Virtual Physical[1] Badges[2]
Buglife £5.00    
BirdLife Malta £39.79    
Hawk & Owl Trust £48.72    
BirdLife International (Spoonbilled Sandpiper) £729.17 £753.75 £2,041.28

[1]Physical Penny-pots after 2010. Amounts raised prior to this or at special events and signings have not been included in this total.

[2]WildSounds has produced a number of pin-badges featuring Spoon-billed Sandpiper. We absorbed the entire cost of production, so all the funds raised in the collection boxes goes to BirdLife International and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper programme. In some cases we have donated badges to organisations (such as the RSPB, WWT, etc) and they have retained the funds donated through these badges for their own (charitable) purposes.

The amounts listed above are correct up to 31 March 2013, and this report was compiled in August 2013. Physical Penny Pots have not been emptied since August 2012 - funds raised since then have not been included, neither have pin-badge sales.

Pieter Wessels


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