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RSPB second-hand binocular scheme

World birdwatch education event in Turkey

Donated optics being used at world birdwatch education events in Turkey

Image: Geoff Welch

Do you have an old or unwanted pair of binoculars, telescope, spotting scope or tripod that are in good working order, collecting dust in the cupboard? If so, we can put them to use in a conservation or educational project somewhere in the world.

Please send your items to the address below:

RSPB second-hand binocular scheme
Unit 17
St Martins Business Centre
St Martins Way
Bedford MK42 OLF

Please note that we can only use items in good working order.

Alternatively, you can take your donation to your nearest staffed RSPB nature reserve or regional office/country headquarters, or send it in via your RSPB local group, where your donation will be forwarded to us.

If you have any queries about the scheme, please e-mail:

How the scheme works

When we receive donated binoculars, telescopes, spotting scopes and tripods, staff and volunteers check the condition of the items. Useable optics are then stored in the RSPB Business Centre until needed.

BirdLife International Partners and other organisations within these countries that have heard about our scheme send us many requests for equipment.

We do everything we can to fulfil each request. To keep costs to a minimum we often rely on someone visiting the country from which the request has come to deliver the optics.

We also keep a record of where we send the equipment and ask that the society/project agrees to help to stimulate interest in conservation, and not to sell the equipment for profit.