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Local pupils help residents at Skylark House count feathered friends

February 3rd 2017

Skylark House was joined by pupils from Holbrook Primary School when it took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Residents from Skylark House had a busy weekend observing the many feathered friends visiting the garden as they took part in the world’s largest wildlife survey.

With the help of children from Holbrook Primary School, residents created a number of tasty treats to attract birds to the care home’s garden for the birdwatch.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch encourages people throughout the UK to take a closer look at the nature on their doorsteps by counting the different birds, as well as recording any non-bird species such as badgers and hedgehogs, which visit their garden in any one hour.

Home manager, Devendra Lallchand, explained why Skylark House is one of several Care UK care homes that took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. “We were delighted to be joined by Holbrook Primary School who helped the residents create some tasty treats to tempt local birds and other wildlife into the garden. The residents had a lovely afternoon and enjoyed spending time with the students counting all of the different birds who came to visit.

“Spending time outdoors is important for physical and mental wellbeing, and has many benefits for older people, particularly for those who are living with dementia. The sounds of bird song and the appearance of different species can also help bring memories to the surface and act as a valuable reminiscence activity.”

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Care UK’s Horsham care home provides a wide range of care services for up to 82 older people. There’s a café, hair and beauty salon, a bar and cinema, as well as gorgeous gardens. Throughout the home are relaxing and beautifully furnished lounges for relaxing and spaces for activities. Every day brings something different. Residents keep busy with baking, dancing, crafts, pamper sessions, keep fit and games. Skylark House also loves to party: there’s often a birthday or anniversary to celebrate with a homemade cake, cards and flowers.

Skylark House
St Marks Lane
Horsham
Sussex
RH12 5PU

0333 321 1995

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