Buchanan Court 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 local friends.
Residents at Buchanan Court participated in the annual wildlife survey, and recorded the number of birds, as well as other wildlife species, in their garden.
Residents and members of the community also enjoyed a visual and audio bird-themed quiz, followed by a coffee morning with delicious treats specially prepared by the home’s chefs.
Students from St George’s Catholic Primary School then joined residents to help make bird food fat balls, which they later took to Hyde Park for an afternoon of birdwatching.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which encourages people nationwide to count the birds in their gardens to allow the charity to monitor trends and understand how different species are doing. Data from over half a million people is then compared year-on-year to provide a snapshot of bird numbers across the UK.
Ruth Halls, home manager at Buchanan Court, said: “The birdwatch is always an incredibly popular activity with residents, so we were delighted that local students could join us to make this event even more special for everyone involved. All the residents enjoyed visiting Hyde Park for a fantastic birdwatching session.
“Birdwatching gives older people a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and be more active, and it’s perfect for all levels of mobility. This wonderfully inclusive hobby can also be enjoyed across the generations, and I know the pupils from St George’s Catholic Primary School learned plenty of new nature knowledge from the residents. We all had a fantastic time and will continue our hobby over the coming months.”