christmas gifts for nature lover

5 environmentally aware Christmas gifts for the nature lover

Click the 5 suggestions below to reveal great Christmas gift ideas for those nature loving, tree hugging, environmentalist Eco “warrioring” people in your lives or just simply for your Mum, your Dad, bestie or Aunt Maud. Who wouldn’t love these thoughtful, meaningful and quite frankly life enhancing gifts for everyone to enjoy

A perfect affordable present that lives on. Ideal for a parent perhaps or trust me having received one myself, a perfect gift for a good friend. We suggest a native tree which can benefit the ecosystem surrounding where it is planted. 

One of our favourites is the Rowan Tree. A fast growing pioneer species. In Spring the pinnate leaves emerge bright green followed by white flowers through to early Summer. In early Autumn the fiery red berries take over until the leaves follow in orange and red before they fall. Whats not to like about it!

You can buy online from this fabulous company Mail Order Trees, who really take care of the tree before it leaves them to be delivered. Really well boxed and ours are immaculate on arrival. May we suggest the 12 litre slot pot, 180-210cm (6-7ft) 2-3 yrs for £44.99

How about an owl, bird, bat or bee box! Who wouldn’t want one of these? Very affordable and a “big box” present to unwrap. Impressive and wildlife super friendly! There are ample to find and a huge range of prices. We do recommend you follow this guide from the BTO – British Trust of OrnithologyAgain, we can highly recommend as we recently received a gift of a bat box, and it mean’t the world to us!

Here are some listings of websites to visit to buy. Don’t forget if you are in Cornwall or Devon, we can of course fit them for you!

How about installing one with a camera included? Then you should definitely visit HandyKam

Go direct to the wildlife charity of your choice, here are the Barn Owl Trusts Boxes.

We can’t resist Buglife’s bee and bug boxes, they are super lovely! or head over to the NHBS

Why not buy ample wildflower seeds! if the recipient of one gift hasn’t got a big enough garden, spread the love and find some little cotton or jute bags, some twine string and labels. Voila, you’ve got many Christmas gifts to send to all! Create your own little bags of environmental love to feed the birds and butterflies.

We think Boston Seeds BSBP 100%: Bees and Butterfly Wildflower Seeds are a great all round fabulous option as they are beautiful and support wildlife. £23 for 100gms.

Perfect for creating a long lasting meadow and wildlife habitat. Sow at 3 grams per sq/m – 1kg covers 330sq/m

BSBP supports bees, butterflies and other pollinators as it contains 81% of species recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as ‘Perfect for Pollinators’

A slightly more expensive option for the loved ones in your life. Do you want to find out who else lives in your surrounding habitat? Whether a small garden to spy your hedgehogs and foxes or a big garden with a bit of woodland where you might see deer and badgers, it really doesn’t matter as you will capture your beautiful wildlife day or night. 

We recommend the Spec Ops Advantage available to order through HandyKam. If £180 to £190 is a little high, not to worry give them a call and they can recommend a more affordable alternative. 

If you are in Cornwall or West Devon, we hire out our own cameras and have several services available. Including a compilation video compiled of your own footage with watermarks of your own business or holiday let for example. 

Failing all of the above, get yourself mucky and dig a pond for all the family. Here are some top tips and a 6 stage guide from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. After all they manage 3000 hectares of wetlands here in the UK. 

On the other hand……. perhaps you’ve got very little time..

“Its ok, we’ve got this!”

Get in touch with a local company to pre-arrange work, or if in Cornwall or West Devon we can discreetly pop over, quote and supply you with a printed gift voucher of whichever service will best help your loved one. We can survey, make a plan and write that up too, so they can see exactly what we will do at a date specified by you. Whether its installing a wildlife garden or pond, several wildlife habitats, tree work or landscaping, we’ve got this covered for you.

If you require our services, please get in touch on 01579 342 972 or info@happyhabitats.co.uk

About the author: Angie Cruse

As well as working hard on the ground here in the UK, Angie has spent ample time volunteering in conservation abroad and continually studies habitat management in conservation.

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