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

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: DAVID CHANDLER & MIKE ROBERTS

Birding good­ies this month in­clude a 1,000-piece Tawny Owl jig­saw!


The new Viper HDS fo­cus closer and have a wider field of view than their pre­de­ces­sors – 1.5m/7.8° for the 8x42, and 1.5m/6.5° on the 10x42. They are a bit heav­ier, but not heavy – 690g and 700g re­spec­tively, and have “out­stand­ing edge-to-edge clar­ity”. The pack­age in­cludes a Binoc­u­lar Har­ness Pack – a pro­tec­tive case that can be car­ried in four ways. And they are the same price as the older ver­sion. Watch out for a full re­view or grab a Viper at the Bird­fair. new­prouk.co.uk


De­signed for 8x32/42s (Galbin 8) and 10x42s (Galbin 10) this high qual­ity prod­uct will pro­vide a high level of pro­tec­tion for a very long time. The main flap has a con­toured fit and a quick-re­lease clog­ball fas­ten­ing. A draw­string clo­sure pro­vides ad­di­tional in­ter­nal pro­tec­tion. The Galbin has a de­tach­able shoul­der sling, leather belt loops and a slip pocket to stash a notebook or your phone in. In sage fi­brenyte with choco­late leather trim or black can­vas with black leather trim. Five-year guar­an­tee. billingham.co.uk


These Muck Boots are avail­able in black or moss for men (size 6-14) and women (size 3-9). They are tough, easy to clean, hand­crafted from nat­u­ral rub­ber and to­tally wa­ter­proof. There’s an ad­justable wa­ter­proof gus­set for a de­cent fit around the calf, the toe and heel are re­in­forced, and there’s ad­di­tional arch sup­port and a steel shank; 5mm neo­prene pro­vides flex­i­bil­ity, and breath­able air mesh helps keep the boot tem­per­a­ture down when the air tem­per­a­ture goes up. muck­boot­com­pany.co.uk


The Aura is a polyester fleece glove that can be used on its own (ideally with other clothes) or with a shell glove over the top for added pro­tec­tion. Each one is sup­plied with a bit of dex­ter­ity, so you won’t have to keep tak­ing them off to dig into your pock­ets for ex­am­ple. The fit is close and com­fort­able with an elas­ti­cated cuff. One glove weighs 20g and both are cov­ered by Alpkit’s 3 year ‘Alpine Bond’. Avail­able in black or black. S-XL. alpkit.com

NIKON MONARCH HG 8X30/10X30 BINOC­U­LAR, £899/£949

These new Mon­archs are com­pact, lightweight (about 450g), de­liver a “sharp and clear view all the way to the pe­riph­ery” have ED glass, a field flat­tener lens sys­tem, a 60.3°/62.2° field of view and a 2.0m quoted close-fo­cus. They are wa­ter­proof and fog proof, have scratch-re­sis­tant coat­ing on the outer lens sur­faces, and long eye-re­lief so should be good for glasses wear­ers. And there’s no lead or ar­senic in the glass – that sounds good to me. nikon.com


This credit card sized tool has a notch for re­mov­ing big ticks, an­other one for small ticks (or splin­ters, thorns or bee stings) and a 3x mag­ni­fier. It’s easy to carry and if you get ‘ticked’, you could be very glad to have it with you. It works on peo­ple, and it works on pets, too. You don’t want Lyme Dis­ease – buy­ing one of these could be a small amount of money that proves to be very well spent. smidgeup.com


Here’s a low-priced t-shirt that’s de­signed for walk­ing in the moun­tains, but I bet it works at lower al­ti­tudes, too! It’s lightweight, quick-dry­ing, breaths, and will re­sist wear and tear from a back­pack. The main fab­ric is 82% polyester and 18% elas­tane for a bit of stretch, and polyamide mesh in­serts un­der the arms ‘limit odour’, so lift­ing your bins to your eyes shouldn’t be too em­bar­rass­ing. Avail­able in five colour op­tions. XS-2XL. M weighs 110g. Two-year guar­an­tee. de­cathlon.co.uk


They’re not too hard to hear, but not that easy to see, and this one isn’t that easy to put to­gether… This Tawny Owl is sur­rounded by au­tumn leaves and the whole scene has been carved up into 1,000 pieces. If there’s a jig­saw ad­dict in your life, es­pe­cially one that likes owls, you could buy them this. The com­pleted puz­zle is 58cm x 58cm, and, com­pleted or not, it has FSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. shop­ping.rspb.org.uk


Keep your feet dry and odour-free on fu­ture bird­watch­ing trips with a foot and shoe spray which prom­ises to “de­stroy odour un­der the tough­est con­di­tions”. To do this, the spray ap­par­ently “utilises one of the best anti-per­spi­rant in­gre­di­ents, Alu­mi­unum Chloro­hy­drate, to stop ex­ces­sive foot sweat­ing”. The com­pany be­hind the prod­uct say pro­tec­tion lasts for 24 hours and use daily for best re­sults. It comes in two ver­sions, with the Sport vari­ant ideal for those whose pur­suits are a bit tougher on their feet. boots.com & su­per­drug.com

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