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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch gets off to a flying start at St Vincent’s

January 19th 2017

sherwood-grange-sj-35St Vincent’s is gearing up to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Residents from St Vincent’s House 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.

Residents will be taking part in a host of activities ahead of birdwatch, including an activity session to create bird-friendly habits, where they will be joined by St Paul’s Primary School. This will be followed by an informative talk from the Hammersmith Community Garden Association, which will discuss the best ways to encourage birdlife into the gardens at St Vincent’s House.

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, Adeyemi Salawu, explained why St Vincent’s House 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. 

St Vincent’s House is a modern, purpose-designed care home in Hammersmith, West London, with a strong family atmosphere.

St Vincent's House
49 Queen Caroline Street
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