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      EFE & GB NETS have been manufacturing fieldwork equipment, marine and freshwater sampling nets, entomology nets, frames and samplers for over 40 years for academic research, professional biologists, Local Authorities and Government Agencies as well as educational and wildlife groups. For further details about our Company, our industry standard designs and designing equipment to customers own requirements , plus guarantees of up to 3 years please see the About Us section. Whether you need a pond dipping net, plankton net, butterfly net, sweep net, sample tray or a complete kit we hope to meet your needs.

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    • EFE & GB NETS

      have been manufacturing fieldwork equipment, water sampling nets and frames for 41 years for educational groups, professional biologists and geographers. Founded by Martyn Overton M.Sc.Ed, MRSB, C.Biol and Kath Overton BSc both with over 45 years experience in Field Centres and Schools plus Ecology, Hydrology and Geographical post graduate research.
      The company now specialises in manufacturing a variety of marine, freshwater and entomological net types, sizes and strengths to meet the demands of research, consultants, public authorities and education in the environment industry. This web site has detailed aquatic and terrestrial nets, components, monitoring and sampling equipment plus waders.

      Brief history of the company.

      Educational Field Equipment started trading in 1974 and developed into the two arms of Training and Supplies in 1997.
      We standardised the quadrat and produced the first grid quadrat in 1975. Point frames on the tripod system followed and the first flow meter was registered for patent in 1978 using an infra red beam as the count mechanism. Since then we have continually developed new equipment and refined or improved old established patterns.
      The company is now based in Cornwall by a moorland stream and on the Fowey estuary where all equipment can be field tested. If we can not produce it cheaper, or better, then there is no point in us selling the equipment! We also manufacture directly to the customers requirements, such bespoke engineering means you must carefully check the specification of the equipment you require.

      Our aim is to continually develop the products with yours and our experience - combined. interactive development!

      Most sales are direct reducing the cost of advertising and distribution.
      GB Nets was founded by Gill Baldwin in 1976 based in Birmingham and later Todmorden near Rochdale. Gill retired and GB Nets became a part of Educational Field Equipment UK Ltd. in November 2000 moving south to Cornwall to the joint premises.

      Now trading as EFE & GB Nets we offer a standard range of water sampling equipment suited to the needs of today's biologist in the water industry and all levels of education. The equipment is designed from practical experience in the field, and is sturdy enough to withstand continuous use by students and professional workers. Whenever applicable, the equipment conforms to current Environment Agency specifications.
      We also manufacture electronics and meters in Cornwall from the original Mill and since November 2004 most other equipment from two industrial units in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

      The staff team is small and all products of ours are hand made. We maintain all the manufacturing and design records of the two companies from the start so duplicates of our original nets are still available, We have also been asked to manufacture copies of other companies nets when they ceased trading and can sometimes supply nets to fit their frames.

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      I have recently purchased one of your universal nets together with the butterfly bag and sweep bag. I am sufficiently impressed with the outstanding quality that I now wish to purchase more products


      EFE GB Nets provide an excellent service, and have been extremely helpful, delivering us a non-standard order required on a very tight deadline. I am very grateful, the material is of excellent quality and will definitely use EFE GB nets again in future. Thank you!

      British Antarctic Survey

      the nets arrived this morning and I am delighted with them.

      I'm all set for the new survey season now!

      DF - BLN (UK)

      Thank you very much for this....an excellent standard of customer service!

      PR (UK)

      Thank you, you are such a nice firm to deal with, simple and straight forward, I am grateful. I look forward to receiving the goods and thank you again

      SG (UK)

      Bespoke net arrived today, fits well. Thanks for attentive and rapid service!

      RA (UK)

      Since 1993 I am using GB nets for my fieldwork in freshwater habitats all over the world. A member of the BBC Club gave me the first one as a gift. For water beetlers they are by far the best aquatic dip nets in the world.

      Dr LH (Germany)

      " I have been using your nets since 1993, by far the best aquatic dip nets in the world"
      Lars H - Germany

      Lars Hendrich
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      Tel : +44 (0)1208 873945 limited office hours but Answerphone available

      E Mail: sales@efe-uk.com
      Skype: gbnets
      Web: www.gbnets-uk.com

      Manufacturing Returns

      Location - There are no sales direct from the manufacturing unit

      Unit 3A, Restormel Industrial Estate,
      Liddicoat Road,
      Cornwall. PL22 0HG
      A returns number is required.
      This is so rare we do not have a collection of goods contract so you must contact us first. VAT Number GB 704428552
      Company Registration 3465404

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