Wish­list

Es­sen­tial gear to spend your hard-earned cash on this month

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

Bird­ing-re­lated good­ies in­clude Christ­mas cards, shirts and shoes

RSPB BIRDS OF PREY 2019 CAL­EN­DAR, £10

A 30.5cm x 30.5cm cal­en­dar, that is even big­ger, of course, once it’s opened and hang­ing. With one photo per month and an­other on the cover, if you see all of these next year you should be pleased with your­self. And when you get to De­cem­ber… well, there’s no tra­di­tional Robin to en­joy, but there is some red, with a kite. UK made and FSC cer­ti­fied. There’s a spe­cial of­fer – buy two large 2019 cal­en­dars for £17. shop­ping.rspb.org.uk

ALPKIT FIRN DOWN JACKET, £99

A light­weight, water-re­pel­lent, toasty jacket that packs small, won’t break the bank and is loaded with ‘eth­i­cally-sourced duck down’ to keep you cosy. You can wear it as an outer layer, or as a mid-layer for ex­tra warmth dur­ing some frosty bird­ing. With elas­ti­cated cuffs, zip-up hand pock­ets and in­ter­nal pocket, and a draw­cord hem. Avail­able for men and women – S-XXL in ‘reef’, ‘rocket’, and ‘steel’ for men, 8-14/16 (de­pend­ing on colour), in ‘reef’, ‘steel’ and ‘tomato’ for women. alpkit.com

OBOZ SAPPHIRE LOW WALK­ING SHOE FOR WOMEN, £120

They say this is de­signed from the ground up, which seems rea­son­able for a walk­ing shoe. The Sapphire Low is made for fe­male feet – af­ter check­ing out “the anatom­i­cal and biome­chan­i­cal dif­fer­ences of women’s feet, an­kles and legs”. It aims to be both fash­ion­able and off-road ready. Made of sup­ple, nubuck leather with an “easy-flex­ing” mid­sole, “highly sup­port­ive” in­sole, and a wa­ter­proof, breath­able mem­brane. Sizes 3.5-8.5 in char­coal/beach glass and chest­nut/hy­dro. oboz­footwear.com

BTO MIXED SET OF 20 CHRIST­MAS CARDS, £12

Buy these Christ­mas cards and you’ll be sup­port­ing the BTO. There are five cards of each of four de­signs by two of your favourite artists and pho­tog­ra­phers. As­sum­ing that Steve Cale and David Ti­pling are among your favourites that is. Steve’s cards fea­ture a snowy Crested Tit scene, and a snowy Tawny Owl scene. It is Christ­mas af­ter all. The stars of David’s cards are a Reed Bunting, and a male Bearded Tit. 150x150mm. bto.org/shop

CRAGHOPPERS WOMEN’S WIN­TER TREKKING PANTS, £50

These leg­gings were made for win­ter walk­ing. They are stretchy, have ex­tra in­su­la­tion and some very clever ‘ther­mal con­trol fab­ric’ which ab­sorbs your heat and then spreads it around – now that sounds good. Craghoppers say they are ‘stream­lined’ – which, clearly, is es­sen­tial for win­ter bird­ing. In a char­coal print de­sign with three zipped pock­ets. 190g. 91% polyester, 9% elas­tane. Sizes 8-20. Guar­an­teed for life. craghoppers.com

PATAGONIA MEN’S LONGSLEEVED RE­CY­CLED WOOL SHIRT, £110

This win­ter warmer is re­cy­cled, re­cy­cled, re­cy­cled – 60% re­cy­cled wool, 30% re­cy­cled polyester and 10% re­cy­cled ny­lon that is. So it comes with some good cre­den­tials. It also comes with two chest pock­ets with flaps, a pleated back, and twill-lined cuffs and col­lar. 451g. Avail­able in forge grey and two plaid de­signs – kastonos brown and navy blue. S-XXL. eu.patagonia.com

BEE BRICK, £22.99

Make life a bit eas­ier for soli­tary bees with one (or more) of these bricks. Each brick has tens of holes of dif­fer­ent sizes to en­tice those bees. The holes don’t go all the way through. These holy(!) bricks are 75% re­cy­cled and Cor­nish-made us­ing China Clay waste ma­te­rial. Place some­where sunny, south-fac­ing, at least a me­tre up, with clear ac­cess and close to some good bee plants. In white grey, dark grey, yellow or red. 215x105x65mm. 2.9kg. nhbs.com

CO­COON AIR CORE PIL­LOW HYPERLIGHT, £28.95

Try­ing to es­cape the cold and go some­where warmer? One of these might make the trav­el­ling more bear­able. This in­flat­able travel pil­low folds down to just 11 x 6.5cm and weighs a mere 77g. In­flated, it’s 28 x 38cm. The bit you blow up is un­der some syn­thetic fill­ing and the outer is ‘very soft 7 de­nier ny­lon’. Hand­wash when it needs fresh­en­ing up. Black/dark blue. firstas­cent.co.uk

MAC IN A SAC UNI­SEX OVERTROUSERS, £20

Overtrousers can make quite a dif­fer­ence to your bird­ing com­fort, keep­ing out the wind as well as the rain. This in­ex­pen­sive of­fer­ing from Mac in a Sac is breath­able and light­weight, and, no sur­prise given the name, packs away into its own sac. They have taped seams to help keep the wet stuff out, ad­justable leg tabs and an elas­ti­cated waist. Any colour you like as long as it’s navy. XS-XXXL. coun­tryin­no­va­tion.com

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