February 8 2019
This year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch saw residents at Bowes House on Battle Road well prepared, with bird feeders filled and binoculars in hand.
During the weekend, residents took part in a variety of activities related to our feathered friends, including a presentation by local expert Kim Parkes on British birds and wildlife, followed by a bird watching session.
Residents were also joined by a local carers support groupfor the birdwatching fun, and everyone was treated to an afternoon tea specially prepared by Bowes House’s chefs.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which encourages people nationwide to count the birds in their gardens to allow the charity to monitor trends and understand how different species are doing. Data from over half a million people is then compared year-on-year to provide a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.
Helena Barrow, home manager at Bowes House, said: “RSPB Birdwatch is always an incredibly popular activity with residents, so we were delighted that Kim Parkes and our local carers support group could join us to make this event even more special for everyone involved.
“All the residents enjoyed watching the birds in our gardens and the talk as we got to learn about the types of wildlife that can be found locally, so that we know what to look out for.
“I’d like to say thank you to Kim Parkes for joining us and making this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch one to remember. We all had a fantastic time and will continue our birdwatching hobby over the coming months.”