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Stock permitting - Last posting dates for Xmas 2017:
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Birds New to Science

Birds New to Science

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£45.00 £38.99
Waders of Europe

Waders of Europe

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£40.00 £29.99


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£35.00 £27.99
Winter Birds

Winter Birds

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£30.00 £24.99
Australian Bird Guide

Australian Bird Guide

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£25.00 £19.99
The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2018

The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2018

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£19.50 £17.50
Collins Bird Guide

Collins Bird Guide

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£30.00 £23.99
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£19.99 £16.99
Helm Field Guide Birds of Mongolia

Helm Field Guide Birds of Mongolia

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£30.00 £25.99 until 31 January 2018
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£50.00 £46.99 until 31 January 2018
Birds of Ecuador

Birds of Ecuador

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£35.00 £27.99 until 31 March 2018
Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day

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£25.00 £14.99
The Cuckoo: The Uninvited Guest

The Cuckoo: The Uninvited Guest

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£24.99 £17.99
WildSounds and the Hawk & Owl Trust

Ever had that Attenborough moment? Click here to read more about Wild Sounds & Books, 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?

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2017 Forthcoming Events

Visit the Wild Sounds & Books stand and save up to 75%. 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 (2 weeks for THE Bird Fair) in advance. There is no obligation to purchase.

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 November
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 Wild Sounds & Books has been fortunate enough to be an Associate Sponsor of the British Birdwatching Fair 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 Norfolk Wildlife Trust and their 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've done the same in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The rest of our support continues unabated.

Commission for Conservation

Since we began our Commission for Conservation programme in 2004 we have donated over £20 000 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 Wild Sounds & Books. 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 
Rare Bird Alert£1731.24 Birdlife International's Spoon-billed Sandpiper project
Bird Watching Magazine Bookshop£661.79 Birdlife International
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 my 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 Wild Sounds & Books you'll be given the opportunity to add money to a virtual penny-pot (at the bottom of the third stage of the ordering process).

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]Wild Sounds & Books 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.

Duncan Macdonald
Wild Sounds & Books


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