St Valentine’s Day has long been associated with birds. It was traditionally the day that breeding pairs got together with their mates for the breeding season. Indeed Chaucer wrote “For this was Seynt Valentine’s Day when every foul cometh ther to choose his mate” in the Parliament of Foules.
This idea has led to the custom of us giving each other cards and exchanging gifts as tokens of our love on Valentine’s Day. Although a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers are traditional gifts if you want to show your loved one that you truly care then a gift chosen with a little more time and effort will make a wonderful surprise.
Bird watching and caring for birds is one of the world’s most popular hobbies and so a Valentines bird themed gift would make an excellent choice particularly due to the association with birds and Valentine’s Day.
There are many heart shaped accessories available for garden birds including heart shaped feeders and heart shaped bird baths. One of the most popular feeders is designed to hold an apple on a spike and at night time you can replace the apple with a candle to create a romantic atmosphere in your garden. Hang a few in a group for a magical touch.
Gothic bird accessories are also very popular and you can find bird tables, nest boxes and feeders in gothic styles. With their intricate carving they would make a romantic feature in any garden particularly if placed near dark foliage or roses. Add a packet of sunflower hearts to your present as an unusual way to say “I Love You”. Sunflower hearts will attract an increased number of species of birds to the garden, which will bring delight to your lover for many months to come.
What could be more romantic than observing beautiful fauna and flora in an exotic location, a beautiful sandy beach or breathtaking mountain scenery? A bird watching holiday or tour would make an unusual romantic break and memories to be treasured for ever. Some of the most popular destinations for bird watching include Kenya, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, the Danube Delta and Jamaica – all perfect locations for a couple. Bird watching holidays can be tailor made to your requirements so you can choose to be as active or as relaxed as you feel like depending on what you enjoy doing.
If you want to do something traditional with a difference then a rose bush would make a unique gift and last much longer than a simple bunch of flowers. You can even have a rose named after your loved one to show how truly special they are. Choose one with hips that the birds as well as your lover will enjoy for many years to come.