Residents at a care home in St Ives celebrated Britain’s best birds as part of the world’s largest garden wildlife survey – and it was a flying success!
This year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch saw residents at Care UK’s Field Lodge, on London Road, celebrate the best of British birds with some exciting avian-themed activities.
As part of the celebrations, the home welcomed the Raptor Foundation to give residents the opportunity to get close to some magnificent creatures including hawks and owls. Everyone enjoyed the special ‘show and tell’ session and learned more about our feathered friends.
Team members and residents also recorded the number of birds and other wildlife species that visited the care home’s garden – data which will be used by the RSPB to monitor trends and understand how different species are doing.
Linda Martinez, home manager at Field Lodge, said: “Residents love taking part in nature-themed activities here at Field Lodge, and we had a lot of fun celebrating this year’s Birdwatch event.
“Animal therapy can be extremely beneficial for older people – especially for those living with dementia. Being close to animals can help lift a person’s mood, stimulate social interaction and ease agitation. Connecting with nature can also help to conjure happy memories and the associated emotions.
“I’d like to say thank you to the Raptor Foundation for joining us and making the day so special. Residents certainly had a fantastic time celebrating the best of British birds!”
For more information about Care UK’s avian activities, please visit careuk.com/birdwatch
To find out more about Field Lodge, please call customer relations manager, Jo Hancock on 01480 878 073, or email email@example.com
For general information please visit, careuk.com/field-lodge