Wish­list

Stuff to spend your hard-earned cash on this month

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

Bird­ing-re­lated good­ies this month in­clude feed­ers, back­packs and socks!

HAWKE DAY & NIGHT NA­TURE CAM­ERA RANGE, FROM £129.99

Th­ese cam­eras grab full colour stills and video, and au­dio, trig­gered by a wide-an­gle mo­tion sen­sor. In­frared LEDS en­able the cap­ture of im­ages at night. There are three cam­eras in the range, all weath­er­proof, with a two-year war­ranty. The 10Mp model has a text only dis­play and 21 LEDS with a 12m range. For £40 more you get 12Mp, 34 LEDS – still with a 12m range, covert flash and a colour dis­play. Spend­ing £279.99 adds two more Mp and 14 LEDS, up­ping the range to 20m. hawkeop­tics.com/ na­ture

WILDLIFE WORLD ARCH­WAY GROUND FEEDER, £19.99

Here’s a ground feeder that’s a bit dif­fer­ent. Dif­fer­ence num­ber one is the arched per­spex cover – a roof over the mesh tray where the food sits so it stays dry. It also helps you to see the birds that are plun­der­ing your pro­vi­sions. www.wildlife­world.co.uk

NIKWAX PO­LAR PROOF, £5.99 FOR 300ML

Not new, but worth know­ing about! Po­lar Proof adds wa­ter re­pel­lence to your fleece, so when it rains, less wa­ter is soaked up, and your fleece can still breath and in­su­late. It’s easy to use – essen­tially, you stick some in the wash­ing ma­chine and wash your fleece in it – easy! Nikwax rec­om­mend that you clean your fleece first us­ing Nikwax Tech Wash. The ethics are good, too – there are no flu­o­ro­car­bons in Po­lar Proof. Nikwax.com

LON­DON DENIM, RARE BIRD T-SHIRTS £27.99

Lon­don Denim makes ‘con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish streetwear’ in­clud­ing T-shirts with birds on. You could go for a Bee-eater, Bluethroat, Jack­daw, ‘Ge­orgie the pi­geon’ (which is a Wood­pi­geon), or a Christ­mas Robin – which could come in handy pretty soon. They make them for men and women, from S-XXL for ladies, and S-3XL for men, in a range of colours. lon­don­denim.com

SCRUBBA WASHBAG BY CALIBRE8, £45.17

De­scribed as the world’s small­est wash­ing ma­chine, this is a dry-bag with ‘nob­ules’ on the inside. Put in your clothes, wa­ter and clean­ing liq­uid. Close it and get the ex­cess air out. Rub the bag with your hands for 30 sec­onds to three min­utes, tip out the wa­ter, rinse with clean wa­ter, then dry your clothes. the­scrubba.com

WIGWAM MERINO COM­FORT HIKER SOCKS, FROM £11.99

Th­ese socks come in men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s sizes and are made from Merino wool, mak­ing them su­per soft, comfy and warm for the win­ter months. They have a seam­less toe clo­sure so they don’t ir­ri­tate if you are out for long pe­ri­ods and a elas­ti­cated arch for ex­tra sup­port. Be­ing fully cush­ioned with a ven­ti­la­tion chan­nel run­ning all the way down, they are the ideal ac­com­pa­ni­ment for inside your wellies. com­ple­te­out­doors.co.uk

KENRO KA­ROO CAR­BON FI­BRE STAN­DARD TRAVEL TRI­POD KIT, FROM £221.94

A car­bon fi­bre tri­pod that weighs 1.44kg, sup­ports 8kg, ex­tends to 163.5 cm, and packs down to 46.5cm long. The four-sec­tion legs are twist-lock, can be splayed wide for low-level work, and one can be turned into a mono­pod. The kit in­cludes re­versible long and short cen­tre col­umns, and there’s a hook to add weight for ex­tra sta­bil­ity. Six-year lim­ited war­ranty. And there’s more in the range. kenro.co.uk

MINDSHIFT RO­TA­TION 180 PANORAMA COM­BI­NA­TION BACK­PACK, £161.25

Buy this and you get a back­pack and a belt­pack. The belt­pack stows away inside the back­pack. To ac­cess it, re­lease a flap and pull it around to the front without tak­ing the pack off. You can use the belt­pack separately too. There’s 5.4 litres of belt­pack, with ad­justable in­serts, and 16.6 litres in the back­pack. It has a pocket for three litres of hy­dra­tion reser­voir and can carry a tri­pod on the out­side. Weighs 1.3 kg. snap­per­stuff.com

PATAG­O­NIA WOMEN’S RE­CY­CLED DOWN FLEECE VEST, £140

A classy-look­ing re­versible vest, fleece one side, quilted down the other. The down is ‘re­cy­cled’ – it has al­ready seen ac­tive ser­vice in other down prod­ucts, and the polyester that’s used is re­cy­cled, with a sub­tle branches and stars pat­tern on the quilted side. But­ton fas­ten­ing – the but­tons are 50% re­cy­cled – with three pock­ets. Reg­u­lar fit, in drifter grey, XS-XL. It weighs 416g. eu.patag­o­nia. com

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