Following the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch last weekend, birds and wildlife of all shapes and sizes were spotted at St Vincent’s House.
St Vincent’s House hosted a variety of activities ahead of the world’s largest annual wildlife survey. The residents welcomed St Paul’s Primary School in to help create bird-friendly habitats, and discussed the best ways to encourage birdlife into the gardens with the Hammersmith Communication Garden Association.
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.
Adeyemi Salawu, home manager at St Vincent’s House, explained: “As well as helping to support an important national initiative from the RSPB, the Birdwatch also provided an excellent opportunity for nature-loving residents to either spend time in the garden listening to bird song, or to spot visiting birds and wildlife from the comfort of our lounge overlooking the garden.
“At St Vincent’s House, we support residents to participate in outdoor and sensory activities as they can boost emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as help residents to live meaningful and fulfilled lives. The Birdwatch also proved to be a valuable reminiscence activity for those living with dementia, and everyone enjoyed spotting and naming the many bird and wildlife species which paid us a visit over the weekend.”
For more information on the benefits of getting outdoors for people living with dementia, and practical advice for family carers, pick up a copy of Care UK’s Good To Go guide from St Vincent’s House or download it at www.careuk.com/goodtogo.
To attract more birds to your garden, why not try making your own bird food?
Visit www.careuk.com/birdwatch to download Care UK’s fat cake recipe and to see the many varied activities residents at Care UK homes have been enjoying as part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.