Residents at Larkland House have their binoculars at the ready ahead of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Larkland House on London Road gears up to take part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey on Monday 28th January from 11am - 12pm.
Guests and residents will be taking part in a variety of activities related to our feathered friends, including a wildlife quiz and a bird-themed singalong. Visitors will be treated to a cream tea specially prepared by Larkland House’s chefs.
In preparation for the event, the home has also invited Mill Cottage Farm to join them ahead of the birdwatch. The mobile farm will be bringing a variety of animals, including baby chicks, chicken and ducks for the residents to meet up close.
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, Shawndell Barker, explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Larkland House: “It may be one of the first events of the year, but the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is always a highlight for residents and team members alike!
“Spending time outdoors and connecting with the nature around us can prove to be beneficial for both the physical and mental wellbeing of older people – particularly those living with dementia. While it is a calming, peaceful activity, the distinctive sounds and vibrant colours of the garden are also great for providing sensory stimulation for residents.
“We’re delighted to be taking part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey once again this year, and to be playing our part in such an important study. We’re looking forward to welcoming Mill Cottage Farm to the home and meeting chickens and ducks and find out more about them!”