Collectibles for Conservation

In March 2014, BirdLife Species Champion Daniel Mirecki joined forces with BirdLife International to launch an innovative new initiative to help raise funds for the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme.

Collectibles for Conservation aims to encourage an international community who wish to support BirdLife’s species recovery action to donate their old collections of stamps, coins, postcards and other collectibles so they can be converted into funds for conservation.

Daniel’s company Cover Story has been operating since 1996, and has considerable expertise dealing with postal history (old letters, archives and correspondences), philately (old or specialised stamp collections) and all world postcards.

Via the Collectibles for Conservation initiative, donations of philatelic collectibles are first valued and then placed in the auction where they might sell best. A 0% vendor's commission has been arranged with leading auctioneers David Feldman in Switzerland and also with Grosvenor Auctions in London.

Since Cover Story are not experts in every collecting field they have engaged a network of other specialists in order to maximize the return on non-postal donations, whether they be coins, banknotes, ephemera, jewellery or watches.

There are no charges for donors and all costs are borne by Daniel, meaning 100% of the money raised from all donations will go directly to BirdLife International. So, please scour your cupboards and attics for such collectibles. Perhaps you have inherited a collection, which is of little interest to you but has a financial value, which can now be released to help save a threatened species from extinction.

You may either send donations to

Jim Lawrence c/o Collectibles for Conservation, BirdLife International, Wellbrook Court, Girton, Cambridge CB3 ONA. Email: jim.lawrence@birdlife.org

or contact or send donations directly to Daniel Mirecki at Cover Story, c/o Collectibles for Conservation,7a Redcliffe Place, London SW10 9DB. tel 0207 7950133/0208 4464422, mobile 0780 1867548. Email: daniel_mirecki@talk21.com

Cover Story are happy to assist you, give advice and make evaluations.

We have already received several stamp collections including a Bird thematic collection, which has raised £3,200, coins including an Afghanistan coin over 2,000 years old, and a number of covers and banknotes.

Please help maintain the momentum. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Daniel Mirecki and Jim Lawrence