We are concerned about the impact of plastics in the environment and we welcome the increased focus that is being placed on this problem. As readers will be aware, British Wildlife is currently delivered in a plastic wrapping. We realise that this is not an environmentally-friendly option, and we are actively working to try to find a better substitute. Our research so far has shown us that this is a complicated subject, and a number of packaging options labelled as ‘eco-friendly’ may in fact offer little improvement or damage the environment in other ways. The packaging industry is slowly catching up to the growing demand for environmentally-friendly wrapping, and all options have their downsides: novel solutions (e.g. potato starch wrapping) remain prohibitively expensive for the time being and can only go to landfill; many biodegradable plastics produce smaller fragments of plastic when breaking down; recycled plastic packaging is not yet available in sufficient quantities; and paper packaging has a considerably larger carbon footprint than the traditional plastic polywrap. While we fully understand the importance of this matter, we do not wish to change packaging until we have found an option that we are satisfied offers the best possible solution for both the environment and our readers. Reducing our contribution to the plastic problem is a priority, and we intend to change our packaging as soon as we have fully evaluated the options available to us.How many issues will I receive each year and when will I receive them?
British Wildlife is published six times per year (in October, December, February, April, June and August). The first issue of each volume is published in October. Each issue is delivered around the third week of the month that it is published. After you have subscribed, you will begin receiving the magazine from the next issue available onwards. Your two free issues (sent with all new subscriptions) will be delivered as soon as your subscription has been processed.When will my direct debit be taken?
If your subscription is by direct debit, payment will be taken annually with the first issue of your subscription. This will renew automatically each year, unless you choose to cancel your subscription. Notification of any changes to the direct debit will be printed on the cover sheet of the last issue of your current subscription.How do I renew my subscription?
If your subscription is a one-off (paid by cheque or card, rather than direct debit), it will not renew automatically, and you will be required to renew it each year if you wish to continue receiving the magazine. A subscription renewal form will be enclosed with the final issue of your subscription.How do I cancel my subscription?
If your subscription is paid by direct debit, you can cancel this directly with your bank. We will then be informed and will cancel your subscription. Alternatively, you can cancel your subscription with us directly by phone or email.What if I cancel mid-subscription?
Cancellations are accepted mid-subscription. We cannot refund the balance of the subscription, but you will continue to receive the magazine until the subscription has lapsed.How do I order a back issue, binder or index?
If you wish to purchase a back issue, binder or index, please email or phone our subscriptions department to check availability. Back issues are £6.50 each, or £4.50 if ordering three or more copies. Classroom sets (six or more copies of the same issue for use by teachers or nature study groups) are available at a further discount – please contact us for more information. A binder and index set are £9.95, and an individual index is £2.50. All prices include postage. Payment can be made by card, cheque or bank transfer.Is the magazine available in digital format?
The magazine is not currently available in a digital format, but this is something that we are investigating.I have extra/unwanted copies of the magazine, what should I do with them?
We are unable to buy back copies of the magazine, but we encourage you to pass them on to fellow wildlife enthusiasts. Alternatively, it may be worth contacting a local library/conservation organisation to ask if they would be interested in receiving your back issues.Any other questions