We welcome potential new donations of British and exotic species. If you would like to offer a donation to the collections, please contact us before sending any material.  

Whole birds

We are interested in specimens of both British and exotic birds, especially with good data. If you are a wildlife manager, vet or rehabilitator we can advise you on our current British priority species. 

Magnificent frigatebird, awaiting preparation.

First British record of a magnificent frigatebird, awaiting preparation.

If you keep a collection of captive exotics, we can let you know what we’re most interested in at the moment.  

For example, known-age captive birds are particularly required for the skeleton collections.

We are also keen to receive unusual English or British records, to preserve as permanent evidence available to researchers. 

If you have a specimen that you think we may be interested in, please contact one of our curators for further advice.

Hein van Grouw

Joanne Cooper

Egg collections

Egg collecting was a popular hobby until the mid-1900s, when wildlife conservation legislation made it illegal to collect eggs of British wild birds. Households in the UK may be in possession of inherited egg collections assembled by keen amateurs before this legislation was passed.  

Demonstrably antique egg collections can, in most cases, be legally held without undue concern.  However, such historic collections and their accompanying data can potentially be of great scientific benefit to ornithology and bird conservation. 

If you hold an egg collection and would like to discuss its future, please contact our eggs and nests curator.

Douglas Russell 

 Tail feathers from the superb lyrebird.

Get in touch with Bird Group staff or enquire about our collections.

A record-breaking donation

The first ever record of a Magnificent Frigatebird in Britain was entered into the Museum collections in 2006.

Shropshire farmer, Mr Handley, spotted the large black bird flapping about in a corner of a field in November 2005. The bird was most likely blown off course during bad weather in the Atlantic.

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