Residents at Milner House have their binoculars at the ready ahead of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Milner House is inviting the community to take part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey on Monday 28th January from 2pm - 4pm.
In preparation for the event, residents will be taking part in a variety of activities related to our feathered friends, including making bird food and reading nature-inspired poems.
The home has also invited Gloria Barnes, an experienced bird enthusiast, to join them for the occasion and give an informative talk, which will be followed by a birdwatching session. Residents and visitors will also be treated to a hot drink and a slice of cake, specially prepared by Milner House’s chefs.
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, Joe Patterson, explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Milner 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 Gloria Barnes to the home to help us find out which types of wildlife we are sharing our garden with!”