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Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear - WORDS: DAVID CHAN­DLER

The BTO sells more than spe­cial­ist books, field note­books and bird ring­ing gear. It has linked up with Teemill and is now sell­ing 100% or­ganic cot­ton cloth­ing, tote bags and tea-tow­els, which have been hand-printed with low waste inks in a wind-pow­ered fac­tory! How cool is that? There are T-shirts (£19 for adults), sweat­shirts (£35) and hood­ies (£40). bto.teemill.co.uk Ord­nance Sur­vey are fa­mous for their maps, but if you’re nav­i­gat­ing in the wilds, you need a com­pass, too. OS have teamed up with top-notch com­pass mak­ers Su­unto, and added two com­passes to the OS shop. This one is ‘per­fect for be­gin­ners’. The nee­dle moves freely in a fluid-filled cap­sule mounted on a tough base­plate. And there are scales on the base­plate for 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 maps, as well as a met­ric ruler. It comes with a com­pass guide, too, if you want to go off the beaten track. http://bit.ly/25jd9ji This new prod­uct from Wildlife World is an easy way to add minibeast habi­tat to your gar­den. Ho­tel vis­i­tors have nine rooms to choose from in­clud­ing the Cone Zone, the Pine Nee­dle Den and the Dark Bark Snug. There are drilled cane tubes for soli­tary bees, drilled mini logs, and rooms you can fill with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als your­self, too. The ho­tel stands about 30cm high, is made from FSC tim­ber and its walls are painted with en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyfriendly paint. It’s a great ad­di­tion to any bird­ers’ gar­den, but be warned – your rental in­come won’t be very high. http://bit.ly/1ok­fric Here’s a nat­u­ral­ist’s hand-lens with a dif­fer­ence – this one comes com­plete with its own light­ing sys­tem! There’s a ring of LEDS around the lens so you can throw even light on to what­ever small thing it is that you’re cu­ri­ous about. It mag­ni­fies ten times and has three lens el­e­ments to de­liver a good depth of field. The cas­ing is made of alu­minium, it has an attachment point for a lan­yard and it comes com­plete with a leather case and a bat­tery. A won­der­ful mix of tra­di­tion and 21st Cen­tury! http://bit.ly/22ngj96

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