Gratis Books Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to provide ecology and conservation books to those from outside Western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand who would otherwise be unable to obtain them. The simple purpose of this scheme is to spread ecological knowledge as widely as possible.

This scheme is a collaboration between the British Ecological Society (who pay for the postage), NHBS (who co-ordinate and organise the distribution) and the publishers (Oxford University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, Cambridge University Press) and authors of the books (who provide the books for free). We plan to provide a number of books per year. They will usually be distributed three months after the book has been published. Individuals may request the book for themselves or suggest the book for others. It is likely that some of these schemes will be oversubscribed: all applications will be considered together and the available copies will then be awarded to those considered most able to benefit from them.

Over 5,000 books have been donated to 137 countries. The number of recipients per country for each book can be viewed here. The first title to be distributed under the Gratis Books Scheme was William J Sutherland's Conservation Handbook.

We regret that gratis books are not available to students currently doing degrees in Western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. They are also not available to those from Western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand but currently working outside those areas.

Gratis Scheme Titles

Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management
John M Fryxell, Anthony RE Sinclair and Graeme Caughley (Wiley-Blackwell, August 2014)
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Marine Conservation Marine Conservation Science, Policy, and Management.
G Carleton Ray and Jerry McCormick-Ray (Wiley-Blackwell, December 2013)
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Primate Ecology and Conservation - A handbook of techniques Primate Ecology and Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Eleanor Sterling, Nora Bynum and Mary Blair (Oxford University Press, April 2013)
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Carnivore Ecology and Conservation - A handbook of techniques Carnivore Ecology and Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Luigi Boitani and Roger A Powell (Oxford University Press, 2012)
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Conservation Conservation (2nd edition)
Clive Hambler and Susan Canney (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
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Conservation of Wildlife Populations Conservation of Wildlife Populations Demography, Genetics and Management.
L Scott Mills (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
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Conservation and the Genetics of Populations Conservation and the Genetics of Populations
Fred Allendorf, Gordon Luikart and Sally Aitken (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
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Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation Exploring the Evidence for a Link.
Dilys Roe, Joanna Elliott, Chris Sandbrook and Matt Walpole (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
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Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation - A handbook of techniques Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Ian L Boyd, Don W Bowen and Sara J Iverson (Oxford University Press, 2010)
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Invasive Species Management - A handbook of techniques Invasive Species Management A handbook of techniques.
Edited by Michael Clout and Peter Williams (Oxford University Press, 2009)
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Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation - A handbook of techniques Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Ned Horning et al (Oxford University Press, 2010)
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Conservation Biology for All Conservation Biology for All
Navjot S Sodhi and Paul R Erlich (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Offer Now Closed but the book can be downloaded as a PDF file here
Insect Conservation - A handbook of approaches and methods Insect Conservation A handbook of approaches and methods.
Michael J Samways, Melodie A Mcgeoch and Timothy R New (Oxford University Press, 2009)
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Amphibian Ecology and Conservation - A handbook of techniques Amphibian Ecology and Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Kenneth Dodd (Oxford University Press, 2009)
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Habitat Management for Conservation - A handbook of tehniques Habitat Management for Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Malcolm Ausden (Oxford University Press, 2007)
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Forest Ecology and Conservation - A handbook of techniques Forest Ecology and Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Adrian Newton (Oxford University Press, 2007)
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Bird Ecology and Conservation - handbook of techniques Bird Ecology and Conservation A handbook of techniques.
Edited by William J. Sutherland, Ian Newton and Rhys E. Green (Oxford University Press, 2004)
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The Conservation Handbook - Research, Magament & Policy The Conservation Handbook Research, Managament & Policy
William J. Sutherland (Blackwell Science, 2000)
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Many of the above titles belong to the Techniques in Ecology and Conservation series. Oxford University Press have offered to provide 200 copies (and often 100 copies with each reprint) of each new volume in this major series.

Titles which have featured in the Gratis Books Scheme include:

Analysis of Variance and Covariance
Ecological Census Techniques (View recipients by country)
Conservation and Sustainable Use
Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques (View recipients by country)