Swiss Champ Knife

I’ve often been asked if there is one essential piece of kit I have with me on all my trips.  Answer: My Swiss Army Knife, or to be absolutely accurate, my Swiss Champ. Over the years, I’ve had at least five of these first class multi tools, not because they…

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Satmap Active 10

I am a huge fan of Ordnance Survey Maps.  I’m also a devotee of GPS navigation tools.  However, if you want to travel light, carrying both can be a bit of a faff.  But now there is Satmap.  This neat, very portable navigation tool, does everything you’d expect of a…

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Woodcrete 1B Nest Box

Like all of the Woodcrete nest boxes supplied by Jacobi Jayne, this is designed with the birds that are going to use it as first priority.  The deep drop from the entrance hole to the floor makes sure that cats can’t get a paw in to pull out nestlings, and…

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Avianex Woodcrete Nest Box

It’s easy to assume there’s not much to a bird box.  Think again.  Get this even a little bit wrong and there’s no way you are going to entice any wild birds into your garden.  Worse still, are some designs of nest box that are positive death traps for the…

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Bushnell Trophy Cams

You might think that a trail-camera is a piece of kit designed for specialists. Think again. Sure, they work for anyone with a serious and committed interest in the natural world, from researchers wanting to monitor animal movements and populations to wildlife film-makers and photographers (and hunters of course for…

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Beachtek DXA – SLR

Good audio to accompany the astonishing high quality of the video image produced by the new generation of Canon DSLRs can be a problem.  Some, like the 7D, do not have a manual gain level control and so will ‘hunt’ for audio when things get a little hushed. This can…

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Canon 5D DSLR

Canon just seem to be going from strength to strength with their development of DSLR technology and features, but even they have been surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the 5D MkII. Sure, it was developed to be a first class medium-priced body with exceptional results for still photography. …

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Giottos Rocket Air Blower

If you own anything with a lens, then sooner or later it’s going to get dusty.  The exit pupil of binoculars (the lens nearest your eye) often fills with flecks of debris, be it woodland windfall or coastal sand, and, the moment you bring your bins up to your eyes…

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Hoodman Cinema Kit PRO

Hoodman developed the Hoodloupe for quick field checks of images on DSLR LCD screens.  The original design was meant to be hand held against the screen for a quick peek at the shot you had taken, then put back in the kit bag. Then came the DSLR video revolution, and…

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BirdMIKE

Loads of people have spoken to me about their difficulty in getting to grips with bird song.  There is probably no replacement for going out regularly into the field with someone who knows their stuff and letting them guide you, but BirdMIKE comes pretty close. I’ve had one for some…

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