#1 Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds
‘When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know.’ Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds
Anyone who is familiar with Bill Bailey’s zany humour will appreciate this book and anyone who has never seen or heard him, will be laughing by the first page.
One of Britain’s greatest comedians, Bailey is also somewhat of a bird specialist and brings his comedic talent to his acute observations of our feathered friends.
Full of sketches, jottings and illustrations by this multi-talented man, this is exactly the kind of Christmas gift that’ll lull the recipient into an absorbed silence, punctuated by abrupt laughter.
Perfect for: Family members who love to read and laugh.
This utterly charming letter box is the perfect home for your robins or bluetits come spring. Nest boxes make excellent Christmas gifts as the recipient has time to put it up in the garden or under an eave before the birds start nest building in early Spring.
Perfect for: Anybody with a garden or fence
Scarves are great Christmas gifts for hard-to-buy relatives and, because they’re very affordable, even make pretty stocking fillers!
Perfect for: Mums, Aunts and in-laws!
If this isn’t the most amazing umbrella we’ve seen this year then we don’t know what is!
With transparent PVC, this umbrella keeps the rain and wind off while covering head and shoulders. Designed by the wonderful Lulu Guinness, this is a stylish umbrella for a stylish woman and would be a Christmas present to remember (and probably use quickly!).
Length when closed: 94cm
Span when open: 89cm
Perfect for: Mums, sisters and wives.
Easy to use, small to fit in pockets and excellent for all ages, these Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars rule the birdwatching world.
- Fantastic quality lenses
- Excellent clarity
- Highly durable
- Suitable for everyone
- Easy to fit into a pocket while out walking
- Very affordable for such great binoculars
Perfect for: Amblers, walkers, garden bird watchers, woodland birdwatchers, grandads who watch the birds from their conservatory!
Know someone who loves taking pictures of birds but just doesn’t have a good camera?
Surprisingly, you don’t need a £1000 camera to get crisp and wonderful photographs of birds, you just need a good one. And that’s what this is.
- Super compact. Easy to take on walks.
- Lightweight. Managable for the young and old and won’t weigh your coat pocket down.
- Large, 1 inch sensor
- 3.6 optical zoom for getting those birds on the feeder.
- Pro manual controls – great for those who love photography
- 20.2 megapixels. Take incredible crops from your photographs and still get sharpness and focus.
This is a fantastic offering from Sony and is easy to use for the everyday bird lover. However, it’s also great for those who know a lot about cameras and want more control, as the manual controls can be used to change every aspect.
Super small for such a capable camera – we love this little Sony and we’re sure it’ll go down a storm at Christmas!
For the premium version of this camera which includes WiFi capability –have a look here.
A great present for anyone with a garden, this wild bird food starter kit will enable them to be fully set-up straight away.
Many garden birds forage over winter, most notably the robin who graces our Christmas cards each year! It’s very difficult for these birds to find enough food though, and this starter kit means the recipient can set everything up outside on Christmas day and watch the birds arrive within hours!
Hungry winter birds are, after all, always on the look out for nibbles!
Bring someone the winter joy of a garden full of birds with this fantastic value wild bird starter kit.
It comes with:
- Three bird feeders – suitable for monkey nuts, bird seed and fat balls.
- 2.5kg of varied bird food to appeal to all garden birds.
- 4 fat balls – essential for hungry birds in the cold.
- 1 suet cake – delicious and nutritious
- 1 tub of mealworms that’ll be snapped up straighaway
- half a coconut filled with suet.
Perfect for: Bird lovers with patios, small gardens or big gardens who’d love to share their winter with garden birds. Also great for kids to get involved with bringing nature to their gardens and learning about birds.
New for Christmas 2016, this is another stunning book for the talented ornithologist and illustrator, Matt Sewell.
Not exclusively about birds, this beautiful hardback book is fully illustrated in watercolour and is about collective nouns; a charm of goldfinches, a school of dolphins and an ascension of larks for example.
Sewell has a good collection of books now, many about birds but this is a real talking point with its amusing collective nouns and the phenomenal illustrations with his usual humour.
Perfect for: Nature, bird and humour lovers. Actually, if we’re being honest, this is perfect for anyone.
- Published 16 October 2016
- Published by Ebury
- 144 pages
- Size: 19.8 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm making it a great coffee table book that’s not too large
For anyone who loves second-to-none photography, birds and coffee table books, this is going to brighten their Christmas no end. Published last year, The Living Bird contains a remarkable 250 photographs.
Created to celebrate 100 years of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this absorbing book contains many essays by well-known and award-winning authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Jared Diamond and others.
A 200 page love letter to birds of all kinds, this book will be read out-loud, passed around and returned to time and time again.
Perfect for: Any bird lover who likes to read about interesting facts and study stunning photographer.
One of the coolest kites out there, this large owl kite is a great present for a child who likes birds. Easy to fly and very well built, this kite will soar in a breezy day.
- Lightweight fibreglass frame
- Nylon material
- Very easy to assemble
- Complete with lines and handle
- 170cm wide
Very responsive and only requiring a wind range of 5-15mph, it’s perfect for a day out in the park or moorland and you don’t even need to wait for strong wind.
Perfect for: Children over 8 years old. Encourage them to get outside and play with nature!
Thanks for reading Garden Birdlife’s Christmas Gift Guide 2016!
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