Residents at The Burroughs have their binoculars at the ready ahead of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
The Burroughs on Mill Road is inviting the community to take part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey on Wednesday 23rd January from 2pm - 3pm.
The team has invited Hawkeye Falconry UK to join them for the occasion, who will be bringing a variety of birds of prey. As part of the session, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about the impressive creatures and meet the friendly birds up close.
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, Bozena Szczepaniak, explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at The Burroughs: “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 Hawkeye Falconry UK to the home and find out more about birds of prey!”