Wish­list

New stuff to spend your hard-earned cash on this month

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

Bird­ing-re­lated good­ies this month in­clude cal­en­dars, water bot­tles and shoes!

LUMIX G80, MIR­ROR­LESS MI­CRO 4/3 CAM­ERA, £699 (BODY ONLY)

The G80 has 5-axis dual im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion – two axes in the lens and five in the body, a 16Mp sen­sor with no low pass fil­ter for im­proved res­o­lu­tion, and fast fo­cus­ing. It does some very clever stuff – ex­tract­ing 8Mp stills from 4k video, fo­cus stack­ing for more depth of field. Weather sealed and with a mag­ne­sium front panel. Pana­sonic.com

NHBS 2017 CAL­EN­DARS, FROM £10

It’s that time of year. Buy one for your­self maybe, or as a Christ­mas present for the hard to buy for. The NHBS range of wall cal­en­dars in­cludes Christo­pher Mar­ley’s won­der­ful ‘In­sect Art’, the ‘min­i­mal re­al­ist’ work of Charley Harper and a cal­en­dar of Inuit print-mak­ing. nhbs.com.

HY­DRO FLASK 16OZ WIDE MOUTH COF­FEE WITH FLIP LID, £21.95

When win­ter sets in a hot drink makes bird­ing bet­ter! This flask comes in nine colours in­clud­ing mango, plum and kiwi, is made of pro-grade stain­less steel and keeps cof­fee prop­erly hot for up to six hours, or an icy bev­er­age icy for up to 24 hours. It’s BPA free, non-toxic, scratch re­sis­tant and doesn’t ‘swap flavours’, so to­day’s drink won’t taste like yes­ter­day’s. Un­less it’s the same thing. It’s guar­an­teed for 100 years or a life­time! hy­droflask.com / tiso.com

WIGWAM MERINO COM­FORT HIKER LITE SOCKS, £15

This Wis­con­sin based sock-maker has a her­itage dat­ing back to 1905, when the fam­ily firm was work­ing hard to keep hun­ters’ and trap­pers’ feet warm. Their sock range is ex­ten­sive – and this one sounds good for bird­watch­ers. De­scribed as ‘the per­fect all sea­son hiker’ – no itch, no shrink and hard-wear­ing. These 54% merino wool, 37% stretch ny­lon socks have lightly cush­ioned soles and elas­ti­cised arches. Wigwam. com

VESTERGAARD LIFESTRAW GO £45.95

A great water bot­tle for if you are out for a long day in re­mote ar­eas as you can fill it up from al­most any­where. I tested it us­ing water from a stream! It uses a two stage fil­tra­tion process that gets rid of 99.9% of bac­te­ria and re­duces chlo­rine, or­ganic chem­i­cal mat­ter and bad taste. It is light­weight with a flip-top valve for easy drink­ing and comes in five colours. lifestraw.com

WILDLIFE WORLD DEWDROP RANGE, £17.49

There are four Dewdrop prod­ucts – a nest­box, a bird feeder, a but­ter­fly, moth and in­sect box and a ‘bee & bug’ home. They are all made with FSC tim­ber and water-based paints and sealants, and have bam­boo rat­tan ex­te­ri­ors and an aqua-blue fin­ish on the front. The nest­box has a stain­less steel pro­tec­tor to keep wood­peck­ers out, there’s a perch on the feeder, and the bee & bug home is loaded with nest­ing tubes for soli­tary bees, which are good in­sects to have in the gar­den! wildlife­world.co.uk.

ALP­KIT KA­ROO TROUSERS, £40

These are for women – tough, light­weight and roll-up – the trousers that is. The Ka­roos are made for travel and ad­ven­ture. They wick mois­ture away fast, dry quickly and have space to move. You can roll them up to three-quar­ters length and keep them there with pop­pers, and store very im­por­tant stuff in a zipped se­cu­rity pocket tucked in­side a front pocket. There’s a cargo pocket on the thigh plus other pock­ets, and where it mat­ters, the seams are dou­ble stitched. Sun pro­tec­tion is good, too – with a UPF rat­ing of 50+. The hem is plain so it’s easy to al­ter the length. alp­kit.com.

PEN­GUIN SALT AND PEP­PER POT, £8.99

This is not your typ­i­cal salt and pep­per pot. It works like this. Load the salt pot with salt and the pep­per pot with pep­per. Put them on the ta­ble, but prob­a­bly not for a posh din­ner-party. When some­one asks for the salt or pep­per don’t pass the pot to them. Just wind it up, point it in the right di­rec­tion and let the pen­guin do the work! rspb.org.uk

HAGLÖFS MISTRAL GT SHOES, £125

These shoes are a com­bi­na­tion of oiled nubuck leather and Gore-tex for wa­ter­proof­ing that can breathe. Grip is ex­cel­lent and there’s high abra­sion re­sis­tance rub­ber where the sole re­ally needs it. They’re made for com­fort, with a mid­sole that im­proves cush­ion­ing and ‘bounce back’ and rear foot cush­ion­ing too. Avail­able in men’s sizes 6.5-12.5. ha­glofs.com.

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