Residents at Harrier Lodge have their binoculars at the ready ahead of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Preparations are underway, as Harrier Lodge gears up to take part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey from Saturday 26th January until Monday 28th January.
Residents will be taking part in a variety of activities related to our feathered friends, including making bird feeders to attract wildlife into the gardens.
The home has also invited Whitstable Junior School to join them for the occasion, where the residents and children will be observing the wildlife, marking down what they have seen in a tally and then drawing pictures of the birds they’ve witnessed.
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.
Home manager, Diane Collins, explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Harrier Lodge: “The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is a popular event across the country and we’re excited here, at the newly opened Harrier Lodge, to be holding our first one. Preparations are already underway to ensure this year is gets off to a flying success.
“Birdwatching is an accessible activity that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy together, whether it’s spending time in the garden topping up the bird feeders, or taking the sounds and sights in from the comfort of an armchair – no matter the weather it’s a great, inclusive activity for all!
“The residents are really looking forward to this event and welcoming Whitstable Junior School to the home – fingers crossed lots of birdlife decide to pay us a visit!”