Cavell Court are preparing to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this January.
Residents at Cavell Court have got their binoculars at the ready and are gearing up to participate in the annual wildlife survey, which will be taking place from Saturday 27th until Monday 29th January.
In preparation for the birdwatch, residents were joined by police cadets and their leaders to help make fat balls and birdboxes to attract local wildlife into the home gardens. The police cadets will be returning to help residents identity the different birds over the birdwatch weekend, and there will also be a visit from Norfolk Wild Encounters who will bring a selection of birds of prey.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey. Every year, over half a million people nationwide take part by counting the birds, as well as other garden species such as badgers and hedgehogs, that they spot in their garden in one hour. This important survey allows the RSPB to monitor species population and trends year to year.
Residents at homes across the country have been using the Birdwatch to take part in all sorts of feathered friend-related activities, ranging from art projects to making bird food cakes.
Home manager, Richard Lawson explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Cavell Court: “Spending time outside and connecting with nature has great benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing, which is important for older people, and particularly for those living with dementia.
“Birdwatching is a peaceful activity that has a calming effect on residents, with vibrant colours and distinctive bird songs also providing sensory stimulation. What’s lovely is that birdwatching can be enjoyed from the comfort of an armchair, no matter what the weather, thanks to our carefully positioned feeders. The residents enjoy getting together to count the wildlife in the home’s garden, so it is always a popular activity!
“We are delighted to be taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch again this year and to be playing a part in this important national survey. We can’t wait to find out which types of wildlife we are sharing our garden with.”