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Best Father’s Day Gifts for a Birdwatching Dad

Best Father’s Day Gifts for a Birdwatching Dad

In 2018 Father’s Day falls on Sunday 17th June. So now’s the time to start gift-hunting. If your dad is a keen birdwatcher, there are some great presents out there. Show him how much you care with these Father’s Day gifts, all perfect for bird-obsessed dads.

Binoculars
Any birdwatcher worth their salt will own a pair of binoculars. But find out whether your dad’s pair offer the best magnification and lens size. You could treat him to a state-of-the-art pair of birding binoculars to take his hobby to the next level.

Bird Feeding Gift Box
Let your dad enjoy his twitching hobby from the comfort of his own home. With a bird feeder gift box he can attract a wide variety of birds to his garden. You could even set up a bird seed subscription so he receives seasonal seed blends throughout the year – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Bird Watching Day Out
Why not book a trip for two to a local wildlife reserve? Your dad will be able to spot a wide variety of bird species and enjoy some quality time with you to boot.

Bird of Prey Experience
Perhaps your dad would like to get up close to some of the biggest birds in the UK. Take him on a bird of prey experience (there are tons of options around the country). Depending on where you choose, he could have the option to fly eagles, falcons or owls and learn all about these top avian predators.

Camera Equipment
If your dad likes to photograph the birds that he comes across, he might appreciate some new camera equipment. A new tripod, a new lens or just a fancy new camera case could be just the ticket.

Birdwatching Books or Apps
There are plenty of great books out there for birdwatchers. Many offer a comprehensive guide to identifying birds in the UK. And if your dad is a little more tech-savvy, you could treat him to a birdwatching app for his smartphone instead. These interactive guides offer recordings of bird song, bird identifying tools and the option to record bird sightings too.

Whether your dad is a budding birdwatcher or a dedicated twitcher, he’s sure to love one of these fantastic Father’s Day gifts.

How to Encourage Birds to Nest in Your Garden

How to Encourage Birds to Nest in Your Garden

When birds come to nest in your garden, you get to see their life cycle from a ringside seat. You’ll hear beautiful birdsong as your garden birds woo one another. You’ll see nest building taking place. And you may even get to witness fledgling birds taking their first solo flight.

So how can you encourage birds to nest in your garden? Here are a few top tips:

Provide Food
Birds are attracted to gardens with a ready supply of food. They certainly won’t nest anywhere that doesn’t meet their basic needs. So that means providing bird food all year round. This could be a mix of bird seed, berries and fattier foods in winter months.

Ensure a Constant Water Supply
As well as food, birds need a reliable supply of drinking water. A bird bath or any shallow water-tight container will do the trick. You’ll need to change the water regularly to keep it clean. And remember that birds will feel much more comfortable taking a drink if they are in a raised position. That way they can easily spot any approaching predators.

Provide Shelter
Birds won’t want to visit your garden unless they feel safe. Perfectly manicured lawns, decking and bare fences don’t provide the cover from predators that birds look for. Provide some kind of shelter in the form of shrubs, trees and climbing plants. Hedgerows are another popular bird hideout if you have the space.

Maintain a Welcoming Bird Box
Birds can be pretty picky about where they choose to nest. This means just hanging a nest box isn’t necessarily enough to attract a courting pair. Put up nest boxes as early in the year as you can as birds sometimes scope out nesting spots during winter. And place them in a sheltered spot, away from feeders and the reach of cats.

Leave Out Nesting Materials
To really give nesting birds a helping hand, you can leave out some the materials they need to build strong, stable and cosy homes. You may be able to find wool scraps, feathers, twigs and even pet hair lying around the house. By forming these into a wreath or leaving them in an empty plant pot, you’ll provide a veritable DIY warehouse for nest builders.

Getting birds to nest in your garden means covering all of their needs. If your garden feels safe, provides food and water, and offers some cosy nesting spots, garden birds are much more likely to set up home there.

Christmas presents for every type of bird lover

Christmas presents for every type of bird lover

Twitchers, bird watchers or bird lovers - they can be your parent, grandparent, partner or friend!  There are different presents for every sort of bird lover.... here are some ideas of what to choose from Boxwild this Christmas 

From a Bird gift for an in-law to a thank you present for a teacher - we have it covered!

1. Gift for a bird watcher - a twitcher is someone who mad about birds, they probably have all the bird feeders and binoculars you could need so we would suggest the Seed Subscription Box which contains various packs of our seed blends & will offer something different which their birds won't have tried before!     

2. Thank you Gift for an eco loving teacher - depending on budget, a nice bag of our Boxwild seed blend with a seed scoop tends to go down very well.

3. Gift for bird-loving in-laws - often the tough present to buy off the list! Our Bird Feeder Gift box is our most popular item and makes a thoughtful present.  

4. Wildlife lover- for someone who is into all types of wildlife, not just birds, then our Wildlife Subscription Box is the perfect option.  Each quarter we send a variety of bird and wildlife goodies to attract nature into the garden.

Latest coverage for our gifts for bird lovers

Latest coverage for our gifts for bird lovers

Boxwild has been very fortunate to feature in many magazines, newspapers and blogs lately.  Our boxes have featured as a gifts for bird lovers, gifts for hedgehog lovers and ideas for gardeners! 

Just some of the articles:

Garden's Illustrated - October 2017 issue- News section with our Hedgehog Gift Box

 

Country Living - August 2017 with our Hedgehog Gift Box: 

http://www.countryliving.co.uk/wildlife/countryside/news/a2231/hedgehog-box-boxwild/

Mirror - in September 2017 who featured our Children's Big Bird Gift Box

Your Home - October 2017 issue - with our Hedgehog Gift Box

Midwife and Life blog August 2017 - Gifts for budding bird lovers

https://midwifeandlife.com/childrens-big-bird-gift-box-boxwild-review/

Five Little Doves blog August 2017 - Learning about wildlife with boxwild http://fivelittledoves.com/reviews/learning-wildlife-boxwild/

If you are doing an article on gifts for bird lovers please just drop Ben a line on ben@boxwild.com 

Boxwild "Best Buy" in Independent - Gardening Gifts for Mother's Day

Boxwild "Best Buy" in Independent - Gardening Gifts for Mother's Day

We are over the moon to see that Boxwild was featured as the "Best Buy" in the Independent for Gardening Gifts for Mother's Day.  You can see the article here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/gardening/best-mothers-day-gardening-gifts-for-gardeners-ideas-baskets-a6898331.html 

 

Video: Take a look at Ben unboxing the Bird Feeder Gift box

Video: Take a look at Ben unboxing the Bird Feeder Gift box

Ben created an unboxing video of the Bird Feeder Gift Box so you can see what is inside.  It is the ideal gift for a bird lover for Christmas or Birthdays.