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

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

Bird­ing-re­lated good­ies this month in­clude Buffs, jack­ets and socks!

NIKON COOLPIX P1000 BRIDGE CAM­ERA, £999

The P1000 has the world’s big­gest op­ti­cal zoom – a whop­ping 24-3,000mm equiv­a­lent f2.8-8 lens, which can be ex­tended to 6,000mm dig­i­tally. Field­craft could be a dy­ing art… There’s a 16MP 1 /2.3in sen­sor, a shoot­ing rate of 7 frames per sec­ond and it even has a bird-watch­ing mode. What else? A high-res elec­tronic viewfinder, a big twist and tilt mon­i­tor, vi­bra­tion re­duc­tion, video, a macro mode, Blue­tooth for con­nect­ing to your smart de­vice… Weighs 1.4kg. One bat­tery does about 250 shots. europe-nikon.com

ALPKIT GOURDON 20 WA­TER­PROOF BACK PACK, £32

A bit dif­fer­ent from the typ­i­cal back­pack, this Gourdon is a roll-top, wa­ter­proof, 20-litre drybag, for the birder who goes out in se­ri­ous rain. It has mesh pock­ets on the sides, an elas­ti­cated ac­ces­sory cord to strap stuff on the out­side, a re­mov­able back pad (you could sit on it), a pouch for a hy­dra­tion blad­der, padded shoul­der straps, chest straps and a waist belt. Colours in­clude kelp, chilli and black. 25 and 30L ver­sions also avail­able. alpkit.com

ECO HEDGE­HOG HOLE FENCE PLATE, £4.99

This year’s Hedge­hog sea­son hasn’t fin­ished, and be­sides, why not get ready for next year? 13cmx13cm is the right size for a Hedge­hog hole. Why not make one in the fence (yours) or wall, and then fix this fence plate over the hole? It’s made in Eng­land from 100% re­cy­cled plas­tic and Uv-sta­bilised so it shouldn’t de­grade. It also has a help­ful Hedge­hog cut-out so the hogs should know it’s for them. 26x23cm. Com­plete with six screw holes. nhbs.com

LUCI PRO OUT­DOOR 2.0 + MO­BILE CHARG­ING LIGHT £34.95

A light­weight, flat-pack­ing, in­flat­able, so­lar light that fully charges in 14 hours in the sun, or 2-3 via USB. In­flate, switch on and let some light into your darker mo­ments. And if you need to, you can use it to charge your phone. 10 white LEDS emit 150 lu­mens and can be used in low, medium, high or flash­ing mode. A sin­gle charge can light up your life for more than 50 hours. 156g. 12.7cm di­am­e­ter and 10.2cm height when in­flated. In­cludes 1m USB-USB ca­ble. firstas­cent.co.uk

PATAGONIA WOMEN’S RETRO PILE FLEECE HOODY, £120

A dou­ble-sided pile fleece made from Blue­sign™ ap­proved fab­ric and Fair Trade Cer­ti­fied™ sewn. This fleece has a con­science, a full-length zip, a tall col­lar as part of its hood for more warmth, a curved back yoke (com­fort and a bit of flat­tery) and two zipped, mesh-lined keep-your-hand­snice-and-warm pock­ets. Ac­cord­ing to Patagonia, the hem seams are fun – I’m not sure how you make a seam fun… 100% polyester. 561g. Avail­able in five colours in­clud­ing nomad green and pel­i­can(!). eu.patagonia.com

RSPB CLAS­SIC EASYCLEAN SUET FEEDER, £5.99

Clean­ing your feed­ers is a pain. It’s less pain­ful with this one which has been “ex­pertly de­signed”. And that may be why you can get the base off easily for clean­ing. The cage is coated steel, the lid is polypropy­lene, and this com­pact feeder will swal­low three suet balls with­out chok­ing. 34cm high, 6.3cm di­am­e­ter. The range also in­clude small and medium sized™feed­ers for nuts and nib­bles, and seed. shop­ping.rspb.org.uk

HJ HALL COM­MANDO WOOL RICH SOCKS, £10

HJ Hall has been mak­ing socks in Le­ices­ter­shire since 1882. Th­ese Com­mando socks (be­cause you wear them with noth­ing else?) are de­signed to NATO mil­i­tary stan­dards and were, for a long time, the sock of the Bri­tish Army. They are de­scribed as “in­cred­i­bly durable and de­light­fully com­fort­able” and “the ul­ti­mate in hard-wear­ing per­for­mance”. Avail­able in black, air force, olive (green, not black, pit­ted), and gra­nary in sizes 3-6, 6-11 and 11-13. 60% wool, 40% polyamide. Six-month guar­an­tee. hj.co.uk

BUFF ORIG­I­NAL RE­BORN, £16-18.50

The orig­i­nal buff re­born, in 96 colours/de­signs, and each one greener than the orig­i­nal orig­i­nal. Th­ese buffs are made from re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles cun­ningly trans­formed into polyester mi­crofi­bres, sup­plied and ap­proved by REPREVE®. Four-way stretch­i­ness in­creases com­fort and a tighter fit im­proves per­for­mance. There are no seams and your buff will help keep you warm in the cold, and cool in the hot! UPF 50. 95% polyester, 5% elas­tane. 45g. Ma­chine wash­able and non-iron. Meets Oeko-tex Stan­dard 100. buf­fwear.co.uk

COUN­TRY IN­NO­VA­TION LADY VEN­TURE WAIST­COAT, £85

The ven­ture waist­coat has now been made to fit ladies prop­erly. It’s made from cot­ton-tec – a top qual­ity, soft, light­weight ma­te­rial, and has 11 pock­ets giv­ing you plenty of places to lose your keys. The chest pock­ets will take a Collins guide, there’s a two-way zip, a rear pleat and ad­juster, a col­lar to pro­tect from strap rub, and shoul­der pad­ding. And ac­tu­ally, it has a key fob – so maybe you won’t lose those keys. Ma­chine wash­able. XS™(8/10) – XL (16/18). Weighs 450g. coun­tryin­no­va­tion.com

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