Equipment suppliers

This list is provided in the hope that it will be useful, but without any recommendation or guarantee. We try to keep it as up-to-date as we can, but inevitably things change: apologies if anything is out of date, or if there are errors.  We would be grateful to be told of any errors, and for suggestions about suppliers that might usefully be added to the list.


Alana Ecology Ltd., New Street, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire  SY9 5DQ, UK.

Tel: 01588 630 173.
Good general range of field equipment; includes petri dishes, ziplock bags, fine tweezers; reasonable prices for small numbers.
Azpack Ltd., Unit 12 Kernan Drive, Swingbridge Trading Estate, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 5JF, UK.  Tel: 01509 261 256.
Plastic boxes.
The Bag’N Box Man Ltd., Unit 1, West Street, Shutford, Banbury, OX15 6PH.  Tel: 01295 788 522.
Card boxes and boxes with transparent PVC lids.
Biotec Microslides, Little Lower Ease, Cuckfield Road, ANSTY, West Sussex, RH17 5AL, UK.  Tel: 01444 452 282.;  
Microslides, picking trays, slide cabinets, picking brushes. 
Brunel Microscopes Ltd, Unit 12, Enterprise Centre, Bumpers Way, Bumpers Industrial Estate, Chippenham, Wilts SNI4 6QA, UK.  Tel: 01249 462 655.
New and used microscopes, photomicrography, slides and cavity slides.
BioQuip Products, 2321 Gladwick Street, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220, USA.  Tel: 0011 310 667 8800.
Featherweight flexible stainless steel forceps
Camlab Ltd., Norman Way Industrial Estate, Over, Cambridge CB4 5WE, UK.  Tel: 01954 233 100., 
General lab supplies; wide range of tubes and vials.
Clarcor UK, P O Box 17, Folly Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 0NP, UK.  Tel:  01925 654 321. .
sell Lockertex plastic mesh.
Davcaps Ltd. The Orchard Business Centre, Stoke Orchard, Cheltenham, GL52 7RZ, UK. Tel: 01242 233 475. 
Gelatine capsules.
EFE & GB Nets, PO Box 1, BODMIN, Cornwall, PL13 1JY, UK.  Tel: 01208 873 945.
Range of plastic sieves. 
Endecotts Ltd. 9 Lombard Road, LONDON SW19 3UP, UK.  Tel: 0208 548 121.
Brass and stainless steel sieves; good but expensive.  
Fisher Scientific UK, Sales Department, Bishops Meadow Road, Loughborough, Leics LEl 1 5RG, UK.  Tel: 01509 231 166.
Wide range of equipment; website not very helpful if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for; will send catalogues (also Griffin Educational) available on request; minimum order £50.  
Gard Plasticases Ltd., The Arnold Business Park, Branbridges Rd., East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent  TN12 5LG, UK.  Tel: 01622 871 887. 
Plastic tubes and boxes: especially Bock range.  Won’t sell less than a box-full.   See particularly useful for gelatine capsule plus label.  
Geo Supplies Ltd. 49 Station Road, Chapeltown, Sheffield  S35 2XE, UK.  Tel: 0114 245 5746.   range of geological equipment.
Sieves; also lenses and bags.  
GT Vision UK.  GT Vision Ltd., Hazel Stub Depot, Camps Road, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 9AF. Tel: 01440 714737. & (for microscopes)
Large independent suppliers of microscopes, including stereo-binocular microscopes, lighting etc - provide advice and demonstrations
D. J. & D Henshaw, 34 Rounton Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3AR, UK.  Tel: 01992 717 663.
Mainly entomological supplies: fine forceps, small display boxes and tubes etc.  
Henleys Medical Supplies Ltd., Brownfields, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1AN, UK.  Tel: 01707 333 164.
Plastic tubs, boxes and tubes.  More expensive, limited range, but available in smaller quantities (boxes singly).
John Staniar & Co., 34 Stanley Road Whitefield, Manchester, M45 8QX, UK. Tel: 0161 767 1500.
Specialist suppliers of mesh:   
Lilytone Ltd, 74 Laneside Road, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 4LX, UK.
Clear plastic boxes, wide range
Lydie Rigout, 1 Hillside Avenue, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8ET, UK.   Tel: 01227 769 924.
Entomological equipment including pins, pin vices and tweezers.
Meiji Techno UK Ltd., Hillside, Axbridge, Somerset BS26 2AN, UK. Tel 01934 733 655.    
Polybags Ltd., Lyon Way, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 OAQ, UK.   Tel: 0208 575 8200.
Wide range of polythene bags, including self-sealing.  Minimum order 1,000 of any one size.
Preservation Equipment Ltd., Shelfanger, Diss, Norfolk 1P22 2DG, UK. Tel: 01379 651 527.
Conservation suppliers: wide range of storage equipment, magnifiers etc.; not cheap.
Really Useful Products.   
Plastic boxes, sturdy, medium to large sizes; archival, reasonably priced; direct web order, will accept small orders.
Stewart Plastics Ltd, Stewart House, Waddon Marsh Way, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey CR9 4HS, UK.  Tel: 0208 603 5700.
Plastic boxes: very wide range.
Solmedia Laboratory Suppliers, 6 The Parade, Colchester Road, Romford, Essex RM3 0AQ, UK.  Tel: 01708 343 334.;
General range of laboratory equipment, including  glass and plastic tubes, forceps, brushes.  No minimum order.
Test Equipment, Building 21, Stevenston Industrial Estate, Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland KA20 3LR, UK.  Tel: 01294 602 626.;
Good quality stainless steel sieves at lower prices than Endecotts, including half as well as full height versions. Half height versions are easier to store pack and carry in the field.
Transparent Box Company, 22 Back Lane, Stonesby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4PT, UK. Tel: 01664 464 227.
Card boxes and trays; plastic boxes.  Won’t take small orders.
Value Healthcare, Unit 3, Woodbourne Business centre, Jessell Street, Sheffield, S9 3HY
Gelatine capsutes.
Watchtool, Ltd., Colne Valley View, 1a The Ridgeways, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5NP, UK.  Tel: 0844 800 7253.
Dumont and other fine steel tweezers.
Watkins and Doncaster, PO Box 5, Cranbrook, Kent TNl8 5EZ, UK. Tel: 01580 753 133. 
Very wide range of biological equipment.