Over 50 Care UK care homes across the UK are gearing up to take part in some avian-themed activities to celebrate the best of British birds this January.
Inspired by the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, residents have topped up their feeders and are making plans to take part in a variety of bird-themed activities, which will be taking place from Saturday 25th January until Monday 27th January.
In preparation for the nature-themed weekend, residents at Harrier Lodge, in Whitstable, is hosting a falconry display, and one resident will have her wish come true as she will be able to fly an owl for the first time.
Residents at Smyth Lodge, in Sidcup, will be building a bug hotel and baking some delicious bird shaped treats.
Winchcombe Place, in Newbury, will be visited by Berkshire Birds of Prey, and residents will be able to learn all about the impressive creatures and meet them up close as the birds fly around the home.
Residents at Heather View, in Crowborough, along with pupils from a local school, will be enjoying a talk given by the RSPB about common British garden birds.
There will be a visit from Coda Falconry at Snowdrop House, in Ware, and residents will be enticing creatures big and small into their garden by building bird boxes and bug hotels.
Appleby House, in Epsom, will be getting creative and making their own models of the swans in their local park.
Residents at Mercia Grange, in Sutton Coldfield will be making fat balls to help feed the birds in their garden.
Spending time outside, connecting with nature and taking part in creative activities all have great benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing, which is important for older people, and particularly for those living with dementia.
The sensory stimulation of the colourful sights and beautiful sounds of the garden can also be a great reminiscence activity, and bring memories from many years ago to the surface. It can be a fantastic way to prompt a conversation and encourage intergenerational exchanges between older people and their children or grandchildren.
There are several ways you can get involved in our celebrations, from making your own fat balls, to taking part in a birdsong reminiscence session. Don’t forget to test your knowledge using the Care UK British Bird Quiz. Let us know how you get on via Facebook and Twitter.
To find out more about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, please go to rspb.org.uk