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About Subbuteo Natural History Books

A warm welcome to Subbuteo Natural History Books, the international mail order Company that will deliver your specialist books direct to your door. With thousands of titles to choose from, including all the latest releases, we are confident you will find something of interest.

Buying by mail order is cost-effective and hassle-free. Our postage rates are very competitive (see 'Delivery' in the Help section for further details) and our friendly staff offer a first class service, ensuring prompt, trouble free delivery of your goods.

On the following page, you should find everything you need to know, but if you have a query, do please contact us.

Our Service

For the naturalist who knows what they want we will cheerfully and efficiently order your items for you, however our biggest strength is in advising customers of the most suitable books for them whether it be for a trip or for home-based studies. We also offer a personalized reading list service for travellers; simply email us 4-6 weeks before departure with as many details on what you hope to achieve from the trip and we will do the rest!

Company Background

The company was launched in 1989 by Peter and Marie Rathbone, both keen birdwatchers who initially started the company as a hobby. The latin name for the Hobby Falcon, which seemed a fitting name for this new venture, is 'Subbuteo' and hence Subbuteo Natural History Books was born. They had long recognised the need to purchase all the necessary literature and maps for their travels from a one-stop mail order source. As well as offering an excellent selection of specialist books, from their own extensive travel experiences, Peter and Marie were also able to pass on their expert advice and knowledge to customers.

Having run the business for 10 years with a small team of staff, in 1999 Peter and Marie decided to retire, giving them more time to enjoy their travels in search of new wildlife experiences. Owing to a long-term relationship between Peter and Chris Whittles (Chairman of CJ WildBird Foods Ltd), Subbuteo NHB became a division of CJ WildBird Foods on 1st January 2000. CJ WildBird Foods is another successful mail order family run business, founded in 1986. Specialising in high quality foods and feeders for wildlife. For more information on CJ's or to order online, visit the CJ web site at

Gift Service

Do you have a friend or relative with a keen interest in natural history? With such a wide selection of books to choose from it can be difficult to select the perfect gift. Why not let them make their own selection by sending a Subbuteo Gift Voucher? Contact our friendly staff for further details.

Please note, Subbuteo Gift Vouchers are only redeemable with Subbuteo NHB. We regret we are unable to accept High Street Vouchers.

Shows and Events

During the course of a year, we attend a number of key shows around the country including the Scottish Ornithologists Club Annual Conference, The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Conference and the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water. Please check our news pages for up to date details.

Contact Us

Postal address:
Subbuteo Natural History Books,
The Rea,
Upton Magna,

Phone: +44 (0) 870 010 9700
Fax: +44 (0) 870 010 9700

Subbuteo Natural History Books is a division of CJ WildBird Foods Ltd.

CJ WildBird Foods Ltd. (Reg. No. 2101581 England) is a U.K. V.A.T. Registered Company, Vat Reg. No. 467846493.

CJ Wildlife is a CJ WildBird Foods Brand.


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