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

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

Bird­ing-re­lated good­ies you can buy this month in­clude san­dals, jack­ets and tripods

NOVO T-SE­RIES TRI­POD KITS, FROM £219 (£179 LEGS ONLY) These car­bon-fi­bre tripods have re­versible legs for shorter pack-size, four leg sec­tions, three leg an­gles and fast-re­lease twist locks. One leg can be un­screwed and added to the cen­tre col­umn to cre­ate a mono­pod, the cen­tre col­umn can be re­versed, and you can hang ex­tra weight from a hook to in­crease sta­bil­ity. Avail­able with a ball and socket head, or as legs only. The T5 weighs 1.42kg and ex­tends to 1610mm; T10 1.78kg/1730mm; T20 2.29kg/1880mm. novo-photo.com MOUN­TAIN WARE­HOUSE OWL BAG £4.99 If your young­sters are just start­ing to take an in­ter­est in birds, then Moun­tain Ware­house has ex­actly the thing for them. The Kids Owl bag is a bright, play­ful back­pack that’s ideal for school or day trips. It’s made of durable polyester fab­ric, with two zipped com­part­ments (a main and a smaller one), a bot­tle holder, and ad­justable, padded shoul­der straps. And of course, your lit­tle one will love the print – owls are al­ways among the most pop­u­lar species with younger bird­watch­ers and nat­u­ral­ists. moun­tain­ware­house.com RSPB CLEAN­ING KIT, £13.23 You may well be feed­ing the birds in your gar­den, but how good are you at keep­ing your feed­ers, bird ta­ble and bird bath clean? Hy­giene is im­por­tant and will help to keep the birds in your gar­den on top form. Most dis­eases birds can catch in gar­dens are trans­mit­ted by drop­pings so guard­ing against in­fec­tion is vi­tal. This kit in­cludes a long-han­dled ‘bot­tle-brush’ – use with plenty of warm, soapy wa­ter on your tube feed­ers, and a scraper and mild dis­in­fec­tant for clean­ing up the bird ta­ble muck. shop­ping.rspb. org.uk KEEN MEN’S RIALTO H2 SAN­DALS, £89.99 It’s nearly san­dal sea­son and Keen make some good ones. The Rialto is put to­gether in Ore­gon, has closed-toes, so of­fers some pro­tec­tion, is de­signed to fit the con­tours of your feet and has bungee laces for ad­just­ment. The footbed is re­mov­able, the mesh lin­ing is hy­dropho­bic and you even get Cleans­port NXT™ nat­u­ral odour con­trol – that could be use­ful! The soles are grippy too. keen­footwear.com KIKKERLAND OWL CON­TACT LENS CASE, £3.99 A nov­elty case to keep your con­tact lenses safe, with twist-on caps that don’t leak. You can use it with hard lenses or soft lenses, and can take your pick from blue, green or pink cases. It’s 7cm long, 3.8cm wide and 1.6cm high. Im­por­tant note: stor­ing your lenses in one of these won’t make your sight as good as an owl’s. bird­food.co.uk SNUGPAK TOR­RENT JACKET, £149.95 The Tor­rent is Snugpak’s first in­su­lated, wa­ter­proof jacket. Made from ny­lon and polyester, it has a com­fort rat­ing of -5°C and comes in black, for­est green or elec­tric blue. The hood can be rolled away or re­moved, there’s ther­mal lin­ing in the hand pock­ets, a deep chest pocket in­side, brushed polyester to keep your neck warm, and underarm ven­ti­la­tion. XS-XXL. snugpak.com SCHOFFEL MEN’S OAKHAM FLEECE GILET, £129.95 A classy-look­ing gilet made from Po­lartec Ther­mal Pro 200 fleece with ‘Al­can­tara’ trim. This gilet has two zip-up pock­ets and a draw­cord at the hem for a bet­ter fit. It’s tough, ma­chine wash­able and fast drying. The Oakham pro­vides ‘ther­mal air pock­ets’ that hold heat but don’t re­strict breatha­bil­ity. Avail­able in var­i­ous colours in­clud­ing dark olive, aubergine, king­fisher, bur­gundy and navy in chest sizes 32-54. schoffel.co.uk PATAGONIA LIGHT­WEIGHT BLACK HOLE DUFFEL 45L, £80 Here’s a light­weight, tough, wa­ter-re­pel­lent, ny­lon bag for your next wild ad­ven­ture, or even a week­end away. A di­ag­o­nal zip gives good ac­cess to the main com­part­ment, there’s a small pocket in­side and web­bing han­dles for car­ry­ing in the hand, over the shoul­der or as a back­pack. There’s also a haulage han­dle on one end. In sporty or­ange, Big Sur blue, nou­veau green or black. 510g. Folds into its own pocket. patagonia.com TICK-OUT TICKS-2-GO, £3.99 A tick re­mover that weighs just 25g that can be kept on your keyring! A sim­ple slid­ing ac­tion is all it takes to re­move ticks safely and quickly, what­ever their size. The Ticks-2-go has two notches and en­ables you to eas­ily re­move even stub­born ticks, with­out squeez­ing the tick or ‘tear­ing off’. Once the tick is out, dis­in­fect the bite area. Well worth con­sid­er­ing – Lyme Dis­ease is a bird­ing sou­venir none of us want. step­pin­gout. co.uk

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