The idea that St Valentine's Day is the day when birds get together in breeding pairs is an old one. Chaucer, in the Parlement of Foules, composed to celebrate the engagement of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia, wrote "For this was Seynt Valentine's Day when every foul cometh ther to choose his mate". It is thought that this is the first time Valentine's Day was linked with romance.
By the 18th century the tradition of men and women sending cards and exchanging gifts with their mates on the same day was well established.
If the love of your life is also a bird lover then surprise him or her this Valentine's Day with something a bit more personal than the usual box of chocolates or bunch of flowers.
As well as bird tables and feeders decorated with hearts we've selected some more unusual gifts that will also be loved by the birds in your garden. And forget Alan Partridge's date at an owl sanctuary - a birds of prey gift experience is a wonderful way of interacting with some magnificent birds as well as enjoying the great outdoors.
|Love is in the air, and love is all around us ... literally - as this beautifully gallery of naturally occurring hearts on birds shows. Click here for more ...|
National Nest Box Week is an annual event that takes place every year from 14-21 February with the aim of encouraging people to put up nest boxes to help breeding birds and other wildlife.
If you want to order a bunch of flowers to go with your Valentine's gift then we recommend online florist Bunches who have a fantastic selection of fresh flowers from the traditional to the contemporary starting from just £9.99.
You can save 10% on all flowers at Bunches when you enter the code BUNFEB17 at the checkout. Plus all orders come with free delivery and a free box of chocolates.