Hartismere Place 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.
Year 4 pupils from St Peter and St Paul Primary School, in Eye, joined residents for a day of bird-related activities which included a visit from Zoo-Tastic Mobile Petting Zoo who brought some feathered friends for the children and residents to enjoy.
Matthew Calver, home manager at Hartismere Place said: “The birdwatch is a popular activity with residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome St Peter and St Paul Primary School, and Zoo-Tastic to join us 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 another success, and we’d like to thank our guests for joining us and making the event so special.”