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British Library Sound Archive (Established 1969)
Information Agency or Museum
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Phone: +44 (0)207 412-7403   Fax: +44 (0)207 412-7441   E-Mail:
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB UNITED KINGDOM
Department: Wildlife Section

Mission: To collect and preserve sound recordings and data about them, for all kinds of animals -- birds, mammals (including primates), insects, amphibians, reptiles and fish -- for the purposes of scientific research, public education and supporting natural history studies.

Clientele: Scientists; Naturalists; Educators; Publishers, TV and Radio Producers (commercial uses are subject to copyright clearance)

Principal Research Programs: Provides information on sound recordings, animal vocalizations, recording techniques and equipment. The collection includes over 150,000 audio recordings of 10,000 animal species. Specializes in West Palearctic fauna, birds worldwide, primates (>100 species), and bats. Services include supplying copies of sound recordings and sonograms (to order), and training courses on sound recording. Listening facilities in London can accommodate several users at once. A selection of several hundred recordings are also available for online listening. Donations of more recordings are always welcomed!

Number of Staff: 1

Associated Field Sites: Fees only for supplying copies of recordings and sonograms, or providing information to commercial concerns involving more than 30 minutes research by staff.

Publications: "Bioacoustics" international peer-reviewed journal (3 issues/year)

Comments: An on-line catalogue including details of primate sounds is available via . General inquiries can be made to the British Library Sound Archive at 020 7412-7676.

Last Updated: 2006-07-26

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