Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

RSPB second-hand binocular scheme

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Monday 9th September 2019, 14:28   #1
SteveTS
Registered User

 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: UK
Posts: 1,308
RSPB second-hand binocular scheme

As far as I can see it has been over ten years since this scheme has had a mention on here:

RSPB second-hand binocular scheme

An opportunity to help others less fortunate by donating surplus or unused binoculars and spotting scopes (distributors and retailers with dead stock please note).

A couple of older threads: 2006, 2007.

Please post if you know of other schemes in operation elsewhere around the world.

Regards, Steve
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Scope school.jpg
Views:	61
Size:	105.2 KB
ID:	704364  
SteveTS is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 11:05   #2
richard866945
Bino repair man

 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Hythe, Southampton
Posts: 177
binoculars for conservation.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveTS View Post
As far as I can see it has been over ten years since this scheme has had a mention on here:
An opportunity to help others less fortunate by donating surplus or unused binoculars and spotting scopes (distributors and retailers with dead stock please note).
Please post if you know of other schemes in operation elsewhere around the world. Regards, Steve
I was involved years ago with refurbishing the donated binoculars.
One real boost to the numbers of donated items came from Dixons.
They had a promotion which gave up to 30 off a new bino if you part exchanged an old one. An RSPB member who took advantage of the offer, then contacted the HQ to suggest someone asked Dixons what were they going to do with the old ones. Dixons agreed to donate them to the RSPB as long as they left the UK market. The first count was around 1500 pieces and the HQ were concerned that I would not be able to cope with that number.
I said we can't turn down such a brilliant offer and we would cope somehow.
The number went up week by week towards the end of the promotion when it reached 11500, they stopped counting.
Fortunately the RSPB had a good friend at the local RAF Station which had spare storage capacity so a 40 foot container duly arrived and was unloaded.
Over the next few years and with the help of the local RSPB members, the whole lot was sorted, useable ones refurbished and taken back to RSPB HQ for distribution abroad. The rubbish went to metal recycling.

Last edited by richard866945 : Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 11:06. Reason: spelling
richard866945 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Today, 12:35   #3
Mark9473
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: 51N 4E
Posts: 264
House Of Outdoor in the Netherlands is running something similar: https://www.houseofoutdoor.com/verre...d-life-optics/
Mark9473 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pied Avocet - RSPB Saltholme - which colour ring scheme? IanF Bird Ringing and Banding 6 Saturday 8th April 2017 18:55
RSPB Scotland welcomes Peatland Action Scheme funding announcement (RSPB) BF Newsroom Latest news from the RSPB 0 Wednesday 15th March 2017 16:13
RSPB Launches Red Kite Viewing Scheme in Yorkshire Chris Monk Birds Of Prey 2 Monday 9th January 2006 16:55
World's best hand-holdable binocular? John Russell Binoculars 6 Monday 1st August 2005 22:59
The RSPB's voluntary wardening scheme - what's your experience ? osborne Birds & Birding 4 Thursday 13th May 2004 12:53

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.19257307 seconds with 18 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 19:43.