Priors House had bird-feeders filled and binoculars at the ready when it took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Residents participated in the annual wildlife survey, and recorded the number of birds, as well as other wildlife species, they spotted in their garden.
Simon Watts from Wild Presentations, who has featured on BBC’s Springwatch, joined residents for the birdwatch, bringing professional equipment to spot different species in the home gardens.
Students from The Kingsley School also joined residents to paint bird feeders and wind chimes, as well as decorate bird shaped cookies.
Francine Summers, home manager at Priors House said: “The birdwatch is a popular activity with residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome Simon Watts back for the big event. All of the residents enjoyed taking part, and learning more about the wildlife in our garden.
“Outdoor activities are important for both physical and mental wellbeing, and have many benefits for older people, particularly for those who are living with dementia. Birdwatching can act as a valuable reminiscence activity, as the distinctive sights and sounds of birds in the garden can help evoke memories. This year was a great success, and we look forward to ‘twitching’ over the coming months.”