Shopping for wildlife

50th Anniversary gifts and accessories. (c) Andy Wakelin
50th Anniversary gifts and accessories. (c) Andy Wakelin

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary the Scottish Wildlife Trust has put together some wildlife themed gifts and accessories incorporating designs commissioned by the celebrated Scottish illustrator, Iain McIntosh. Initially sold exclusively on the Trust’s website, these items are now available in our shop.

(c) Andy Wakelin
(c) Andy Wakelin

The arrival of the 50th Anniversary stock coincides with changes to the layout of our shop and some new product arrivals. We try and ensure that all our shop items follow at least one of the categories that are important to us: wildlife themed, wildlife friendly, educational, supporting local businesses, fair trade, and environmental.

Our children’s section is all wildlife themed and, while it’s all about having fun, there are a number of items to help them on their way to fully enjoying the outdoors. Whether it’s starting their interest in fossils and geology or the gear they need to do some real wildlife observation.

If you’ve been reading our ‘Wildlife Garden’ blog over the last few weeks then you might be interested to know that we stock most of the products we’ve been talking about, with a range of nest boxes, feeders, bird baths, and seed to suit beginners and aficionados alike. We even have a nest box with an infra-red camera for those wanting to transform their sitting room into a mini Visitor Centre.

Nests and feeders (c) Andy Wakelin
Nests and feeders (c) Andy Wakelin

Items in our household department come from companies that have the same ethos as we do. With products from Shared Earth and Archipelago, they are made by individuals who are part of a Fair Trade community, using products from sustainable sources. Our mugs either support local businesses (Eeksie Peeksie), Scottish wildlife projects (Beaver Trials), or go towards supporting Marine and Coastal projects (Eiderco). We also stock Kelvin Valley Honey products, whose work goes towards protecting our Scottish bees.

Beaver Trial, Eeksie Peeksie, Eiderco, Kelvin Valley Honey and Share Earth (c) Andy Wakelin
Beaver Trial, Eeksie Peeksie, Eiderco, Kelvin Valley Honey and Share Earth (c) Andy Wakelin

Our book stock is designed to help children and adults alike get more out of the out-doors. Whether it’s help with species id, finding out a bit more about local history, or just knowing the best places to go.

Books (c) Andy Wakelin
Books (c) Andy Wakelin

We also stock a variety of binoculars and telescopes, with price ranges to fit all needs and a great view to really test out their quality before you buy.

Binoculars and telescopes (c) Andy Wakelin
Binoculars and telescopes (c) Andy Wakelin

And of course, all profits made in our shop go towards funding the work we do at the Scottish Wildlife Trust. So you’ll be shopping for wildlife.

Georgina Bowie, Visitor Centre Assistant

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To celebrate our 50th Anniversary the Scottish Wildlife Trust has put together some wildlife themed gifts and accessories incorporating designs commissioned by the celebrated Scottish illustrator, Iain McIntosh. Initially sold …

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