You may also want to refer to the Local and National Organisations
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British Wildlife Centre [Surrey]
With over 30 native mammal species, the British Wildlife Centre offers you a new and exciting experience in wildlife watching!
Contact: David Mills, British Wildlife Centre, Newchapel, Lingfield, Surrey. RH7 6LF
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1342 834658 | e-mail | Visit our website

Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary [Devon]
Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, at Buckfastleigh, Devon. Visit our extensive website for a taste of what you will find at the Sanctuary. The website has a great deal of interactivity, information for school children and teachers, and lovely photos of the otters and butterflies.
Contact: David Field Jr., Buckfastleigh Steam Park, Buckfastleigh. TQ11 ODZ
Ph.+44 (0)1364 642916 | Visit our website

Chestnut Centre [Derbys.]
Set up in 1984 The Chestnut Centre specialises in the care and captive breeding of otters and owls. We now have the world's largest collection of multi-specied otters, including the UK's only pair of giant otters. Come and visit - you won't be disappointed.
Contact: Roger Heap, Chestnut Centre, Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire. SK23 0PE
Ph. +44 (0)1298 814099 | Fax +44 (0)1298 816213 |
e-mail | Display page

Fritton Lake Falconry Centre [Norfolk]
A Falconry Centre in Norfolk. Falconry displays, courses, fundays and Bird of Prey sponsorship.
Contact: Paul Carrier, The Falconry Centre, Fritton Lake, Fritton, Gt. Yarmouth. NR31 9AH
Ph. +44 (0)1493 488677 | e-mail | Visit our website

The Hawk Conservancy [Warks.]
Conservation of birds of prey through captive breeding and education, 18 acres of natural woodland and meadow, and home of the Valley of the Eagles.
Contact: Ashley Smith, Director, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover. SP11 8DY
Ph. +44 (0)1264 773850 | Fax +44 (0)1264 773772 | e-mail | Visit our website

New Forest Otter and Owl Centre [Hampshire]
Our conservation centre specialises in the care and conservation of a wide variety of wildlife. Come and see breeding pairs of otters, foxes, badgers, wild boar, deer, and many owls. Open year round.
Contact: Ed Heap, Dearleap Lane, Ashurst, Hampshire.
Ph. +44 (0)1703 292805 |
e-mail | Display page

Norfolk Falconers Association [Norfolk]
A Falconry Club in Norfolk for the beginner the experienced Falconer and those who like to be with Birds of Prey.
Contact: Paul Carrier, The Falconry Centre, Fritton Lake, Fritton, Gt. Yarmouth. NR31 9AH
Ph. +44 (0)1502 731315 | e-mail | Visit our website

You might also like to look at the Nature Reserves & Trusts page.


Hedgehog Hospital
Open to the public in the summer months, a hedgehog hospital caring for sick and injured hogs. Come and meet some patients, and learn about this delightful wild animal. Talks with audience participation held every day. See them in their village, stroll in the hedgehog friendly garden.
Contact: Andrew or Kerry, Prickly Ball Farm.
Ph. +44 (0)1626 362319 | Fax +44 (0)1626 330685 |
e-mail | Visit our website

Mossburn Animal Centre [Dumfriesshire]
Animal rescue centre providing sanctuary for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected animals and providing therapeutic work placements for young people with disabilities. Lively and informative web site includes Foster-an-Animal feature, fosterers receive letters and updates from their chosen animal including the animal's very own signature.
Contact: Mrs Juanita Wilson, Mossburn Animal Centre, Hightae, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. DG11 1LE
Ph. +44 (0)1387 811288 | Fax +44 (0)1387 810012 | Visit our website

Vale Wildlife Rescue [Gloucs.]
Vale Wildlife Rescue is registered charity dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and, where possible, release of sick, injured or orphaned British wildlife.
Contact: Caroline Gould, Station Road, Beckford, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL50 7AN
Ph. +44 (0)1386 882288 | Fax +44 (0)1386 882299 | e-mail | Visit our website



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Dinefwr Treks and Caban Cwmffynnon [Powys]
Walking and Birdwatching holidays, bunkhouse accommodation, and self-catering cottage situated in the Heart of Wales. Enjoy relaxing and peaceful holidays in natural surroundings.
Contact: Bryan Jones or Antoinette de Kleijn, Caban Cwmffynnon, Llangammarch Wells, Powys. LD4 4DW
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1591 610638 | e-mail

East of England Binoculars [Lincs.]
East of England Binoculars are suppliers of binoculars (both full size and pocket), image intensifiers (night vision equipment), spotting scopes, astronomical telescopes and tripods.
Contact: Chris Thompson, 70 Shearwater Road, Lincoln. LN6 0XA
Ph. +44 (0)1522 807991 |
e-mail | Visit our website

North Kent Birding [Kent]
Offering bespoke tailor-made bird walks and tours around North Kent, run by experts, for birdwatchers of all levels from beginners upwards.
Contact: Chris Bradshaw, 6 Collet Walk, Parkwood, Gillingham. ME8 9QL
Ph. +44 (0)1634 230590 | e-mail | Visit our website

North West Birds [Cumbria]
Short birdwatching breaks and courses on a 'houseparty' basis on the edge of the English Lake District. Small groups. Easy access by rail or road.
Contact: Mike Robinson, Barn Close, Beetham, Cumbria. LA7 7AL
Ph./Fax +44 (0)15395-63191 | e-mail | Visit our website


Agroforestry Research Trust [Devon]
The A.R.T. researches into sustainable agroforestry for temperate climates. We sell seeds and plants of unusual useful species, books, and run courses on forest gardening and agroforestry.
Contact: Martin Crawford, 46 Hunters Moon, Dartington, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 6JT
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1803 840776 | e-mail | Visit our website

The Ancient Tree Forum [Lincs.]
The Ancient Tree Forum and the Woodland Trust are working together in promoting the conservation of ancient trees.We want ancient trees properly managed.
Contact: Richard Bloomfield, Autumn Park, Dysart Road, Grantham, Lincs. NG31 6LL
Ph. +44 (0)1476 581111 | Fax +44 (0)1476 590808 | e-mail | Visit our website

Deer UK [Website]
Deer-UK, the foremost deer site on the internet for all matters relating to the six species commonly found in the United Kingdom. Whether it's Red, Roe, Muntjac, Fallow, Sika or the less common Chinese Water Deer you're interested in, as deer managers our aim is to keep you informed and to pass on some of our thoughts and observations based upon our combined experience.
Contact: Nick Mellor
e-mail | Visit our website

John K King and Sons Limited [Essex]
Kings produce a wide range of Game Cover and Conservations Crops designed to create habitats for wildlife and game birds.
Contact: Adrienne Compton, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex. CO6 1TH
Ph. +44 (0)1376 561543 | Fax +44 (0)1376 562218 | e-mail | Visit our website

National Wildflower Centre [Liverpool]
NWC is the centre for creative conservation. We've developed a special site with Millennium Commission funding for people to learn about and enjoy wildflowers and be inspired by nature.
Contact: Lucinda Antal, National Wildflower Centre, Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Liverpool. L16 3NA
Ph. +44 (0)151 737 1819 | Fax +44 (0)151 737 1820 | e-mail | Visit our website

North Yorkshire Moors Association [Yorks.]
A registered charity whose aims are: To Protect and Enhance the Characteristic Beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors for Present and Future Generations.
Contact: Ken Hutchinson, White Gate Cottage, Church Lane, Thornton-le-Dale. YO18 7QL
Ph. +44 (0)1751-475412 | e-mail | Visit our website

Small Woods Association [Shropshire]
The Small Woods Association aims to advance education in the conservation of small woodlands. Membership is open to anyone who has the care and conservation of woodlands at heart.
Contact: Russell Rowley, Executive Dir., The Cabins, Malehurst Estate, Minsterley, Shropshire. SY5 0EQ
Ph. +44 (0)1743 792644 | Fax +44 (0)1743 792655 | e-mail | Visit our website [under contruction]


Brocklands Woodland Burial [N. Yorks.]
Environmentally-friendly burials for people of all faiths. A tree is planted on each grave. Peaceful and secluded with view over Ribble Valley. Biodegradable coffins available.
Contact: Julia and Chris Weston, Cappleside House, Rathmell, Settle, N. Yorks. BD24 0LJ
Ph. +44 (0)1729 840102 | Fax +44 (0)1729 840103 | e-mail | Visit our website


Centre for Alternative Technology - CAT [Wales]
C.A.T. is an environmental charity aiming to 'inspire, inform, and enable' people to live more sustainably. A solutions driven organisation, offering practical solutions to environmental problems, our key areas of work are renewable energy, environmental building, energy efficiency, organic growing and alternative sewage systems. We have been in existence for nearly 25 years. Visitor centre open 7 days a week. Practical and informative publications, 'green' books and products mailorder service, schools educational services, free information service for brief enquiries, consultancy for individuals and businesses, residential courses, website and a membership organisation - the ATA.
Contact: Information Department, Machynlleth. SY20 9AZ
Ph. +44 (0)1654 702400 | Fax +44 (0)1654 702782 |
e-mail | Visit our website

Nature's World Trading Co. [Middlesbrough]
Unique environmental centre - open daily. Featuring organic gardening, natural habitats and working River Tees model. New in 2000 futuristic Ecostructure and Hydroponicum - using solar and geothermal power. Plants, produce and goods for sale.
Contact: Stuart Goldie, Ladgate Lane, Acklam, Middlesbrough. TS5 7YN
Ph. +44 (0)1642 594895 | Fax +44 (0)1642 591224 | e-mail | Visit our website

The Shoppers Guide to GM [Website]
Greenpeace's online consumer guide to help shoppers get beyond the hype and find out whether the food in their shopping basket really is GM-free. The guide covers a wide range of food including top brands and supermarket own brands.
Contact: Visit our website



Assocation for Environment Conscious Building [Wales]
The AECB promotes and encourages sustainable building. We produce a quarterly magazine Building for a Future and an annual Real Green Building Book, both available by sending A4 sae (1 stamps fixed on it) to the above address.
Contact: Sally Hall, PO Box 32, Llandysul. SA44 5ZA
Ph. +44 (0)1559 370908 |
e-mail | Visit our website


Collingridge Ecological Consultants [Hants.]
Habitat and wildlife survey, evaluation of nature conservation interest and advice on management. Based in the New Forest, but able to cover any part of British Isles.
Contact: Richard Collingridge, Hillcroft Cottage, Hangersley, Ringwood, Hampshire. BH24 3JW
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1425 475071 [Phone first to fax] | Mob. (0)7790 677163 |
e-mail | Visit our website | Display page


Brunel Microscopes Ltd. [Wilts.]
As a small friendly company we offer advice on buying and using microscopes. Our customer base spreads from the 7 year old beginner to the 'silver surfer' who wants to take up microscopy as a new found hobby. For all country lovers, a microscope will add a whole new facet of knowledge and pleasure to your love of the flora and fauna which surround you.
Contact: Alan R Potter, Unit 12 Enterprise Centre, Bumpers Way, Bumpers Industrial Estate, Chippenham, Wilts. SN14 6QA
Ph. +44 (0)1249 462655 | Fax +44 (0)1249 445156 |
e-mail | Visit our website

Hillside Books & Equipments [Kent]
Books & Equipments for entomologists.
Contact: Lydie M. Rigout, 1 Hillside Avenue, Canterbury, Kent. CT2 8ET
Ph. +44 (0)1227 769924 | Fax +44 (0)1227 456013 | e-mail | Visit our website

Stag Electronics
We manufacture bat detectors used by professionals and amateurs throughout the world. Now anyone can evesdrop on the secret world of bats.
Contact: David King
Ph. +44 (0)1903 816298 | Fax +44 07000 228269 | e-mail | Visit our website

Watkins & Doncaster [Kent]
We are a very old established and specialist company supplying equipment for the study of insects particularly field and study items. Illustrated colour catalogue on request.
Contact: Robin Ford P O Box 5, Cranbrook, Kent. TN18 5EZ
Ph. +44 (0)1580 753133 | Fax +44 (0)1580 754054 | e-mail | Visit our website


Cornish Hedge [Cornwall]
The Cornish Hedge Group was formed out of the Cornwall Biodiversity Initiative to bring together all those bodies and individuals with an interest in Cornish Hedges. The Group is co-ordinated by Cornwall County Council and the Cornwall Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). Our website is full of information and helpful advice about Cornwall's unique hedges.
Contact: Colin Hawke, c/o Cornwall County Council.
Ph. +44 (0)1872 322638 | Fax +44 (0)1872 323808 | e-mail | Visit our website

Preaching Pleaching [Beds.]
Professional hedgelayer, insured, 15 years experience. Very informative hedges and hedgelaying website also showcases my work. Free surveys and quotations. Mainly cover Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire.
Contact: Paul Blissett, Leighton Buzzard, Beds.
Ph. +44 (0)1525-382755 | e-mail | Visit our website





BTCV [Oxon.]
BTCV, the UK's leading practical conservation organisation, works with 130,000 volunteers every year and organises an award-winning programme of UK and international conservation holidays.
Contact: Information, BTCV, 36 St Mary's Street, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. OX10 OEU
Ph. +44 (0)1491 821600 | Fax +44 (0)1491 839646 |
e-mail | Visit our website

Derbyshire Conservation Volunteers
We are a local conservation group carrying out nature conservation in Derbyshire and the Peak District, and we have an active social programme.
Contact: Chris Weston, 21 Nesfield Close, Alvaston, Derby. DE24 0QT
Ph. +44 (0)1332 733871 | e-mail | Visit our website

International Tree Foundation [W. Sussex]
Last year in the UK, 30,000 trees were planted by ITF volunteers, increasing British woodlands and improving the environment for all. 25 county branches hold regular events and plantings, contact the national office for details.
Contact: Kay Sexton, ITF, Sandy Lane, Crawley Down, W Sussex. RH10 4HS
Ph. +44 (0)1342 712536 | Fax +44 (0)1342 718282 | e-mail | Visit our website

Oxford Conservation Volunteers
We are the most active practical conservation group in the Oxford area, and we give people from the city (especially students) an opportunity to get out and enjoy the countryside at the weekends. We help preserve traditional skills like hedgelaying by training new volunteers and so show people why these traditional methods of maintaining the land are better than modern ones. We work every Sunday and anyone can come along.
Contact: Paul Brears
Ph. +44 (0)1865 718904 | e-mail | Visit our website

Trees for Life [Moray, Scotland]
Join our volunteer work weeks each spring and autumn in the Scottish Highlands and help this award winning charity restore the Caledonian Forest.
Contact: Elaine Dempsey/Jo Roberts, The Park, Findhorn Bay, Forres, Moray. IV36 3TZ
Ph. +44 (0)845 458 3505 (calls charged at local rate) | Fax +44 (0)845 458 3506
e-mail | Visit our website


Cress Water Ltd. [Worcs.]
Specialist company for the design and installation of reed-beds, ponds and wetlands for sewage and wastewater treatment, water management, recycling, greywater use and water garden features.
Contact: Dr. Rick Hudson, 61 Woodstock Road, Worcester. WR2 5ND
Ph. +44 (0)1905 422707 | Fax +44 (0)1905 422744 |
e-mail | Visit our website


CJ WildBird Foods Ltd. [Shropshire]
Send for your FREE handbook packed with helpful advice on how to safely encourage wildlife to your garden. Contains the complete RSPB BirdCare range of products alongside a collection of other wildlife related products.
Contact: Claire Freeman, The Rea, Upton Magna, Shrewsbury. SY4 4UR
Ph. +44 (0)800 731 2820 | Fax +44 (0)1743 709504 |
e-mail | Visit our website


Guideliner Charters [Perthshire]
Guideliner specialise in wildlife cruises around the Hebridean Islands of Scotland, including St Kilda, with writer, naturalist and photographer Skipper aboard his 57ft motor cruiser.
Contact: David Leaver, Cedarlea, Gowanlea Rd., Comrie, Perthshire. PH6 2HD
Ph. +44 (0)1764 670781 |
e-mail | Visit our website

Wildlife Walks [UK wide]
Wildlife Walks are a network of wildlife guides across the UK. We run guided walks and talks including Badger watching, Rural and Urban Fox walks, Owl Prowls, Bat walks and Dolphin days. To find out more about British Wildlife, and to receive your free events listing and newsletter please either mail us or visit our website.
Contact: Craig Thomson.
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1454 851242 | e-mail | Visit our website


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