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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch gets off to a flying start at Cavell Court

January 23rd 2017

Cavell Court is gearing up to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Residents from Cavell Court have their binoculars at the ready and their bird feeders filled as they prepare for the world’s largest wildlife survey from Saturday 28th until Monday 30th January.

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. This takes place over the last weekend of January.

Home manager, Kelly Mendham, explained why Cavell Court is one of several Care UK care homes taking part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. “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.

“Birdwatching helps bring nature to life, offering colourful sights and sensory stimulation. 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.

“If it’s not too cold outside, birdwatching is an accessible activity that all abilities can enjoy, whether simply sitting in the garden and taking in the sights and sounds of the birds, or filling the bird feeder.

“We really enjoyed taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch last year so can’t wait to grab our binoculars and start ‘twitching’ again!”

The home has been preparing the gardens and making fat balls to provide the birds with vital nourishment over the winter months. The recipe for this can be found here: www.careuk.com/birdwatch.

Family carers can get advice and support on how to incorporate practical activities such as bird watching into their daily routines by downloading a copy of Care UK’s Good to go guide to help older people enjoy the outdoors. 

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Cavell Court, in the heart of Cringleford, Norwich is a modern, purpose-built care home that opened in July 2015. We provide round-the-clock nursing and residential care as well as specialist care for older people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We also deliver short-term respite care, as well as sensitive palliative and end of life care.

Cavell Court
140 Dragonfly Lane
Cringleford - Norwich
Norfolk
NR4 7SW (postcode for sat nav NR4 7LH)

0333 321 1980

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care