Skylark House had bird-feeders filled and binoculars at the ready when it took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, with the help of some special guests.
Residents participated in the annual wildlife survey, and recorded the number of birds, as well as other wildlife species, they spotted in their garden.
The home was joined by pupils from Holbrook Primary School as well as the Hawking Bird Centre, who brought along some feathered friends for pupils and residents to meet and learn all about.
Devendra Lallchand, home manager at Skylark House said: “The birdwatch is a popular activity with our residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome the pupils from Holbrook Primary School and the Hawking Centre to join us for the big event. All of the residents enjoyed taking part, learning more about the wildlife in our garden and interacting with the pupils.
“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 another success, and we’d like to thank Holbrook Primary School and the Hawking Centre for joining us.”