Everything for wildlife, science & environment

NHBS started life as the Natural History Book Service in London in 1985 with a catalogue of around 500 ornithology books. Our bi-annual newspaper-style catalogues of natural history books are a thing of the past, but are still fondly remembered by many of our customers.

Now based in a warehouse on the outskirts of Totnes, Devon, we offer the world's largest selection of wildlife, science and conservation books – our book catalogue includes more than 122,000 individual titles, from large and small publishers, in many different languages, and sourced from all over the world.

Since 2009, and particularly after the acquisition of Alana Ecology in 2011, the NHBS range of products has been expanded greatly to include ecology and biodiversity survey equipment. We outgrew our old premises in 2014 and moved to a larger building around the corner, still on the industrial estate in Totnes.

We take great pride in our legendary customer service – and we mean real service – the kind that bends over backwards to offer help and guidance, speed and promptness, and personal attention by email or phone. Try us on customer.services@nhbs.com, or 0044 (0) 1803 865913.

Why buy from NHBS?


Supporting Conservation

Our involvement in the Gratis Books Scheme project has delivered thousands of book donations to ecologists and students in developing countries. Your orders help support this work.


Unique product range

We seek out natural history books from all countries and can offer you interesting natural history and science titles that you won't find anywhere else. We also have over 1,000 wildlife products for ecology and wildlife watching.


Rapid international service

We stock many thousands of wildlife books and other products so that we can offer quick delivery anywhere in the world from our warehouse in the UK. For those in a hurry we offer a global express service.


Amazing Customer Service

Our staff are on hand to help online, by phone, email, fax or via post. We have a passionate interest in wildlife, science and the environment and enjoy answering your questions and helping you find the right product.


Experts in natural history

We devote our every working minute to supplying natural history products and have been doing this since 1985. When you buy from NHBS you know that we care about finding you the right books and equipment.


Our core values

NHBS exists to support science and conservation by supplying wildlife and environment books and equipment. Everything we do is focused on that. You can read more about our core values online - they are why we are in business.

NHBS has enriched my life with knowledge for many years now

Gerard van Leusden, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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