Heather View are preparing to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this month.
Residents at Heather View 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.
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 Heather View have been using the Birdwatch to take part in all sorts of feathered friend-related activities, including a bird themed quiz to test their knowledge and a variety of craft activities all related to the local wildlife. On Friday 26th January, residents and guests will be joined by the RSPB who will be presenting a short talk on birds and how to look after wildlife living in the garden.
Home manager, Natasha King, explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Heather View: “Spending time outside and connecting with nature has great benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing which is important for older people, 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.
“We are delighted to be taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch again this year and look forward to welcoming the local community to the home for a fun and informative afternoon learning about wildlife in the surrounding areas.”