Equipment suppliers

Many members have found the following suppliers helpful in obtaining equipment, etc.

Bibby Sterilin Ltd, Tilling Drive, STONE, Staffs ST 15 OSA; Tel.01785 812121; sampling tubes, disposable petri dishes, the 25-compartment one being especially useful for storage and/or sorting (minimum order one case of 120 dishes).

Biotec Microslides, Little Lower Ease, Cuckfield Road, ANSTY, West Sussex, RH17 5AL. Microslides and associated equipment. Email:

Brunel Microscopes Ltd, Unit 12, Enterprise Centre, Bumpers Way, Bumpers Industrial Estate, CHIPPENHAM. Wilts SNI4 6QA; Tel. 01249 462655; a good range of microscopes and accessories.

Daco Marketing Ltd, 7 Christchurch Road, FOLKESTONE. Kent CT2O 2SJ; Tel. 01303 226137; Manufacturers of a wide range of plastic boxes.

Davcaps Ltd. Gloucester Innovations Centre, Southgate House, Southgate Street, GLOUCESTER GL 11 UD. Gelatine capsules (for storage of small shells)

EFE & GB Nets, PO Box 1, BODMIN, Cornwall, PL13 1JY; Tel. 01208 873945: Email: Sturdy sampling nets, etc.

Endecotts Ltd. 9 Lombard Road, LONDON SW19 3UP; Tel. 020 8548121; excellent, but expensive, test sieves.

Fisher Scientific UK, Sales Department, Bishops Meadow Road, LOUGHBOROUGH, Leics LEl 1 5RG; Tel. 01509 231166; Fax:01509 231893. Endecotts Ltd. test sieves; minimum order £50 the approximate cost of one quality stainless steel sieve (If you telephone them they will send a photocopy of the relevant page(s) from their bulky catalogue).

Geo Supplies Ltd. 49 Station Road, Chapeltown, SHEFFIELD S35 2XE Tel. 0114 245 5746; range of geological equipment. Offers a set of sieves (plastic mesh 2mm down to 0. 063 mm) and also a service for obtaining Endecott Test sieves.

D. J. & D Henshaw, 34 Rounton Road, WALTHAM ABBEY, Essex EN9 3AR; Tel. 01992 717663; Spring scissors and fine forceps, e.g. for slug dissection, small display boxes and tubes for reference collection of small marine/non-marine molluscs, etc.

John Staniar & Co., 34 Stanley Road Whitefield, MANCHESTER, M45 8QX . Tel: 0161 767 1500 (Sales). Supply the nylon mesh as mentioned in Kerney and Cameron.

Meiji Techno UK Ltd. Hillside, AXBRIDGE, Somerset BS26 2AN. Tel +44 (0)1934 733 655, Fax +44 (0) 1934 733660. Web site

Polybags Ltd. Lyon Way, GREENFORD, Middlesex UB6 OAQ; Tel. 0208 575 8200; wide range of polythene bags, including self-sealing. A minimum order of 1 ,000 of any one size.

Preservation Equipment Ltd, Shelfanger, DISS, Norfolk 1P22 2DG; Tel. 01379 651527; wide range of conservation, restoration and preservation materials, some of which should be of interest to conchologists.

Lydie Rigout, 1 Hillside Avenue, CANTERBURY, Kent CT2 8ET; Fax: 01227 456013; entomological equipment including pins, pin vices and tweezers.

UK Capsules, Suppliers of gelatin capsules (Useful for storing very small shells.)

Watkins and Doncaster, PO Box 5, CRANBROOK, Kent TNl8 5EZ; Tel. 01580 753133; wide range of biological equipment including much of interest to conchologists.