Sponsorships & Donations
Mar 2016: Donation of Discovery WP PC 8x42 binoculars as a raffle prize for The Seabird Group Conference 2016. www.seabirdgroupconference2016.info
Mar 2016: Supported purchase of HR 66 GA ED /45 scope with SDL v2 zoom eyepiece for Ryan Burrell, GIS and Biometrics Assistant at Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. www.gwct.org.uk
“It is fantastic that Opticron are willing to lend our project support - it could not have come at a better time as I am currently in the market for a complete scope kit upgrade/replacement for the coming field season.”
Mar 2016: Supported purchase of MM3 50 scope by Seb Loram for use on the Isle of Lundy and for coastal Peregrine research for The Hawk and Owl Trust. www.hawkandowl.org
Mar 2016: Donation of IS 70 R scope with HR2 zoom eyepiece and Discovery 10x50 binoculars to champion junior archer Joe Fairburn. www.joefairburn.com
"Joe is the current World Junior 3D Archery Champion as well as being ranked No.1 in the UK for his age in target archery. In 2015 he won individual gold and bronze medals at the USA National Championships, came 7th in the under 21 category of the World Archery European Field Championships in Poland as well as winning the aforementioned World title."
Feb 2016: Supported purchase of Verano BGA HD 8x42 binoculars for Rob Werran, Wildlife Conservation student at Nottingham Trent University. Rob is on a placement with WWT Llanelli. twitter.com/wezwerran
“I am a very satisfied Opticron customer having previously bought Opticron’s ES 80 GA ED v3 telescope and Adventurer WP Binoculars. I am looking to upgrade my binoculars in preparation for my upcoming surveys which include the breeding bird survey, WeBS counts, dolphin and cetacean monitoring and the butterfly monitoring scheme.”
Feb 2016: Donation of Discovery 10x42 binoculars to The Greensand Trust for use at Heron watch events at Rushmere Country Park. www.greensandtrust.org
“We run the watch during the Heron breeding season which runs from mid-February to the end of June. Heron watch attracts over 10,000 visitors that view the birds through your equipment.”
Feb 2016: Donation of Savanna R 8x33 binoculars to Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group to assist with seasonal nest recording. www.dartmoornests.org
“We are a group of skilled volunteers and ornithologists that monitor ground-nesting bird nests on Dartmoor. Over the last 8 years, we have contributed over 1300 nest records to the BTO Nest Record Scheme for a wide range of species. Good quality birdwatching binoculars help us enormously when we observe ground-nesting birds to locate their nests.”
Feb 2016: Donation of IS 70 R scope and HR2 zoom eyepiece to GB Para archer Tania Nadarajah. www.facebook.com/archerytania
"I am a para-archer shooting for Great Britain and have represented GB at an international level since 2015. I attended the World Para Archery Championships in August, where I won Britain a quota place at the 2016 Paralympics, and I am currently on target to attend the Rio games. Huge thanks to my newest sponsors, Opticron, for sending me the fantastic IS 70 R scope. I've been using it all week at training and it really makes spotting my arrows so much easier."
2x T3 Trailfinder 8x42 binoculars gifted to local guides working in Indonesia with Ecolodges Indonesia. www.facebook.com/EcolodgesIndonesia/
Donation of £200 for sponsorship of the Football Beyond Borders Unity Cup. www.footballbeyondborders.org
Donation of Explorer WA Oasis-C 8x42 to Bangladesh Bird Club member Israt Jahan to help her with her survey work.
Donation of 3 pairs of binoculars to Michael and Paula Webster in support of their 'Living Wild in South America' project. www.facebook.com/livingwildpics
Donation of Savanna 10x23 binoculars to Essex Birdwatching Society for a raffle prize at the 3rd Essex Conservation Conference. www.ebws.org.uk
Birding For All - Contribution toward the cost of exhibiting at the British Birdwatching Fair 2016. www.birdingforall.com
IS 70 R and Discovery 10x50 supplied at a discounted price to Natures Valley Trust, Western Cape, South Africa.
The Nature’s Valley Trust is a small community driven NPO working at the cutting edge of integrated conservation in South Africa. For more information on their work visit: www.naturesvalleytrust.co.za
Donation of 3 pairs of Savanna WP binoculars to the Born Free Foundation Ethiopia for their monitoring team.
Ethiopia is one of the largest and most diverse countries in Africa, with an impressive natural heritage and it is here that Born Free Foundation Ethiopia (BFFE) was officially established in 2008 to support the conservation and welfare of wild animals in Ethiopia, especially by tackling illegal trade and ownership.
Subsidised purchase of Oregon 4 LE WP 10x42 to Bayley Rose Sargeant, England Junior archer
Bayley started archery in July 2013 aged 14 at Canterbury Archers. She progressed through indoor and outdoor disciplines over the next couple of years and was selected as part of the England Team for the home nations match during that time. She was selected to shoot for England indoors in December 2014 and ended the year being selected for the Archery GB youth compound development squad. In May 2016 she was selected to shoot for the Junior GB Team in the European Youth Cup in Hungary. Photo credit: Dubravko Buden
Subsidised purchase of IS 60 R and IS zoom eyepiece to David Phillips, Team GB Paralympic archer - www.archerygb.org
Donation of seven HR2 zoom eyepieces to Wetlands International for use with Classic IF scopes for monitoring work in Africa - www.wetlands.org
Donation of WT Oregon 4 LE WP 8x32 binoculars to Cumbria Wildlife Trust as a prize for their Beached Art event - www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk
Donation of Traveller BGA Mg 8x32 Black Edition and Savanna WP 8x30 for Durham Wildlife Trust Photography competition - www.durhamwt.com
Donation of IS 70 R scope with IS zoom eyepiece to James Howell, Archery GB Funded Cadet archer - www.archerygb.org
Donation of six Adventurer WP 8x32 green binoculars for use in providing rhino protection services in Nairobi National Park by Kenya Wildlife Services via Anthony and Emma Childs of the Emakoko Lodge - www.kws.go.ke and www.emakoko.com
Donation of two pairs of WT Oregon 4 LE WP 8x42 binoculars to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust for various fund raising activities - www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk
Donation of Traveller BGA Mg 6x32 binoculars to Buglife for its Easter online raffle - www.buglife.org.uk
Lancashire Badger Group - donation of Discovery WP PC Mg 8x42 for AGM auction and 2 pairs of binoculars for use by sett monitors - www.lancashirebadgergroup.org.uk/supporters
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust - donation of WT Oregon 4 LE WP 8x32 as a prize for their Customer Engagement Survey - www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org
The Forest of Marston Vale Trust - donation of Discovery WP 8x42 binocular for fund raising activity - www.marstonvale.org
Over Primary School, Cambridgeshire - donation of several pairs of binoculars to support the school's RSPB Big Schools Bird Watch - www.over.cambs.sch.uk
Cornwall Wildlife Trust - donation of four pairs of Wildlife Trust branded binoculars for use in the Seaquest Southwest Project - www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/seaquest
"Seaquest Southwest is a marine recording project run jointly by Cornwall and Devon Wildlife Trusts that collects sightings of all marine creatures from the public. It has given us amazing insights into the movements and behaviour of our in shore bottlenose dolphin pod, porpoises, grey seals and basking sharks. This information is used to raise awareness of the threats to marine creatures and help protect them.
The project trains volunteers to carry out surveys from the coast and regularly runs public sea watching events from sites around Cornwall which are opportunities to talk to the public about the amazing marine life right on our doorstep and to encourage and inspire adults and children alike to get involved in our monitoring project.
Having binoculars to lend to volunteers on these public sea watches is essential as a whole world is immediately opened up to them and thanks to Opticron's generous donation we are able to show people who may never have seen dolphins, seals and basking sharks how fantastic they are when seen up close!"
Devon Bird Atlas - sponsorship of Purple Sandpiper - www.devonbirds.org
Spurn Bird Observatory - supply of discounted MM3 spotting scope kit for Little Tern breeding ground monitoring - www.spurnbirdobservatory.co.uk
Donation of magnifiers for Education Centres for Essex, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts.
GB Rifle Team - donation of GS 665 GA /45 scopes with HR2 zoom eyepieces to raffle to raise money for their tour to the Long Range World Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, US in August 2015 - www.gbrt.org.uk
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust - supplied 8 pairs of discounted Marine II 7x50 BIF.GA/IC for marine survey use - www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk
Ulster Wildlife photographic competition - donated WT Oregon LE 8x32 as a prize via Black & Lizars, Belfast - www.ulsterwildlife.org
Spurn Migration Festival via Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - donated WT Oregon LE 8x32 as a raffle prize - www.ywt.org.uk/spurn-migration-festival-2014
The Biggest Twitch - donated two pairs of Verano BGA HD binoculars for use during guided birding tours - www.thebiggesttwitch.com
John Stubbs MBE, world archery champion and Beijing Paralympic gold medallist - donation of IS 60 scope for use in training for and at Rio 2016 Olympic Games - www.archerygb.org
Golden Grove School, Pembroke - Spottingscope and tripod for school woodland area.
Birding For All - Raffle prize, Birdfair 2014- www.birdingforall.com
ORCA - Competition prize, Birdfair 2014 - www.orcaweb.org.uk
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust & Harrison Foods - Raffle prize, Birdfair 2014
Discounted price provided for an IS 60 ED scope kit for use by young cadets at Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force - https://armycadets.com/county/nottinghamshire-acf/
Wader Quest - Founder Corporate Sponsor and Membership recruitment prize at Birdfair 2014- www.waderquest.org
The Mammal Society, prize for photography competition at Annual Conference - www.mammal.org.uk
Cumbria Wildlife Trust, raffle prize for spring event - www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk
RSPB Scotland, auction prize for Scottish Birdfair - www.rspb.org.uk/scotland
Bristol Natural History Consortium - 15 pairs of binoculars for outreach work - www.bnhc.org.uk
Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Living Seas Northwest Project - www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk
The Essex Birdwatching Society - www.ebws.org.uk
This is Juma a freelance Guide in Kenya to whom we donated a pair of Trailfinder 8x42 binoculars at the end of 2013.
Leif Dehlin, a Swedish tourist came to us and asked if we could help Juma with a decent hardwearing pair of optics he could use in his work. Mr Dehlin paid for the postage and the costs of getting the binoculars through the Kenyan customs and into the hands of Juma.
A Robin Song Children's Hospice - www.arobinssong.co.uk
Batumi Raptor Count - www.batumiraptorcount.org
Birding For All - www.birdingforall.com
Buglife Members Day - www.buglife.org.uk
British Divers Marine Life Rescue - www.bdmlr.org.uk
Dorset Wildlife Trust - www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
The Gaia Trust Photography Competition - www.gaiatrust.org.uk
Helen & Douglas House Hospice via HMP Grendon
Jason Ridge Nature Photography - www.jasonridgephotography.com
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust - www.lincstrust.org.uk
Ornithological Society of the Middle East - www.osme.org
Scottish Seabird Centre Photography Competition - www.seabird.org
Great Britain Target Rifle Team
David Tideswell, author of 'Garden Bird Guide'
Coastal Conservation Group
Southwark Sea Cadet Unit
Buglife, The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
Birding For All
Dyfi Osprey Project
Natural World VC, Whisby Nature Park
Friends Of Mere Sands Wood
Ornithological Society of the Middle East, OSME
The Hawk & Owl Trust
Organisation Cetecea, ORCA
Ghosts Of Gone Birds
Gary Prescott, Biking Birder
Brais Palmas. Riding A Bike Across Europe
Ronny Malm, Club300, Sweden
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
David Murray. Shadow Of The Wall Project
Rambling Rat, Africa
Birding South Glos
Stuart White, The Bird ID Company
The Crown Archers, Kent
Wild Oceans Projects, Cumbria Wildlife Trust