Top 10 Christmas Gifts for the Wildlife Lover

Robin © Stewart McDonald

Good news for Christmas shoppers! We have plenty of gift ideas that are perfect for wildlife lovers. Here are ten of the best...
Water vole feeding

© Tom Marshall

1. For the wildlife protector
Wildlife Trust Membership is a truly wonderful gift that helps us ensure that wildlife has a home in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Your loved one will receive a welcome pack, and the warm feeling that comes with knowing that your gift to them has helped local wildlife. 

Gardener's Hand Scrub

2. For the wildlife gardener
Clean those hard working hands with locally made New Forest Aromatics Gardener’s Hand Scrub and Balm, and soothe sore skin with Cyril’s Soap Shed Goats Milk soaps. Don’t forget our Wildlife Gardening courses in the spring and summer of 2019.


3. For the young explorer
Encourage their curiosity about all things wild and wriggly with our sturdy mega bug viewer, large enough to use for pond dipping and kind enough to provide air holes for the tiny creatures discovered. Extend their view with the Looky Periscope, ideal for watching wildlife.

Wildlife Walks Book

4. For the walker
There are few things better than a walk on a beautiful day. Our Wildlife Walks book details over 500 walks on Wildlife Trust reserves throughout the UK. The Walkers’ Companion rug from Tweedmill makes the perfect accompaniment. 

Great Tit on Camera © Bob Coyle

© Bob Coyle

5. For the amateur wildlife photographer
Wildlife photography can be tricky, so treat the amateur photographer in your life to a course where they can learn the basics. They will discover how to best capture trickier subjects like insects, flowers and birds with our excellent tutor John Combes at our stunning Blashford Lakes nature reserve.

Yukon Nightvision Scope

6. For the night owl
As our day ends, a new, secretive one starts for some of our more elusive wildlife. See what they get up to with a range of night vision optics and trail cameras from NHBS. For every order you make via our online shop, we are paid a percentage of the profit. Don’t forget our brilliant Astronomy for Beginners course run by local astronomer Steve Tonkin.


7. For the stylish home
A colourful range of wildlife art, created by artist Daniel Mackie, is now available on tea towels and coasters – ideal for the creative kitchen. We also have Daniel’s notebooks with beautifully illustrated covers. Our Wild Food Foraging course in autumn 2019 is the perfect gift for a foodie, and you can make sure they have a cosy home to come back to with one of Tweedmill’s pure wool throws.


8. For the wildlife enthusiast
Buying for a budding ecologist or someone utterly fascinated by wildlife? Book them onto our Wildflower Identification course so they can hone their ID skills. We also have courses available in pond and stream dipping, water vole surveying and more.

Embroidery kit

9. For the wildlife artist and crafter
We have some lovely wildlife-themed needle felting and embroidery kits from Hawthorn Handmade, ideal for beginners and improvers. We also run silver clay jewellery and glass workshops with local artists.

calendar 2019

10. For the wildlife lover
Our wildlife calendar for 2019 contains a wonderful variety of stunning images that are sure to brighten up any wall. The calendar is sponsored by ten generous local businesses, meaning every penny goes to the Trust.