The Gratis Books Scheme was set up in 2002 by Prof William Sutherland to provide essential conservation publishing to students and researchers in developing countries. NHBS administers the Gratis Books Scheme, the postage costs for which are funded by the British Ecological Society. To date NHBS has sent more than 4000 books to recipients in over 150 countries.
NHBS is proud to support OSME as a corporate member. OSME was formed in April 1978 as a successor to the Ornithological Society of Turkey and was expanded in 2001 to cover the Caucasus and central Asia. Its aims are as follows:
NHBS donates slightly damaged and unwanted book stock to the World Land Trust, where they are distributed to conservation projects in developing countries. The World Land Trust is an international conservation charity, based in Halesworth, a rural town in Suffolk, UK. Since its foundation in 1989 as the World Wide Land Conservation Trust, the World Land Trust has been working to preserve the world's most biologically important and threatened lands, and has helped purchase and protect over 350,000 acres of habitats rich in wildlife, in Asia, Central and South America and the UK.