In the past 12 months Priors House has added bird tables and feeders, as well as nesting boxes and different plants in order to attract more wildlife. Residents regularly fill up the bird feeders and are always on the lookout for new species visiting the garden. The care home is also installing a hedgehog house ready for the animals to hibernate later this year.
Residents at Sandfields had the rare chance to experience the art of falconry and to get up close to different species of hawks, owls and falcons. There was an opportunity to handle the birds and the session also included a talk about the importance of protecting birds of prey and conserving their habitats.
At Mountfitchet House care home in Stansted, Essex all feeders and tables were in place as residents took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. They made full use of the new home’s upstairs balconies to get a bird’s eye view of the gardens and wildlife.
The Davers Club
At the Davers Club in Bury St Edmunds, day club members painted their own bird boxes and helped to set up the bird bath and various bird feeders in the club’s garden. Fatballs were also made way back in November in readiness for the Big Garden Birdwatch.
At Winchcombe Place care home in Newbury, residents enjoyed the big count from the comfort of the home’s retro themed lounge. Residents crushed up peanut and ginger biscuits and spread them out on the patios to encourage more birds. Robins, blue tits, great tits, pigeons, black birds and magpies, all visited to feast on the home’s new tables and feeders. While they watched, they sang ‘Four and twenty blackbirds’ and reminisced about the birds they saw when they were children.
Winchcombe Place also hosted a fun falconry event, enabling residents, families and visiting members of the public to get up close to feathered friends such as kestrels and owls, when they visited the home’s garden, courtesy of Fir Tree Falcony. The Mayor of Newbury, Jo Day, also visited the event to present a bird table to the neighbouring Winchcombe School on behalf of the care home, after pupil Husain Misbah Hameed, aged five, was announced as the winner of a bird-themed colouring competition.
Abney Court care home
Meadowbank Primary School received a helping hand from Cheadle’s newest care home, Abney Court, when pupils took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. The care home donated items including a bird table, bird bath, nest boxes and feeders to attract birds to the school’s outdoor area, and on Friday 23 January, pupils participated in the Birdwatch. With their binoculars and bird guides at the ready, they spotted nine different species of birds including magpies, robins, carrion crows, starlings and wood pigeon.