Residents at Whitebourne have their binoculars at the ready ahead of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Preparations are underway, as Whitebourne gears up to take part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey from Saturday 26th January until Monday 28th January.
Residents will be taking part in a variety of activities related to our feathered friends, including bird watching with the community, discovering British birds lessons, and making fat balls for birds to feed on.
The home has also invited Wings of Freedom, a charitable social enterprise set up to help rescue birds of prey, to join them for the occasion, who will be bringing rescued owls and raptors to meet residents and their families.
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, Derek Purchese, explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Whitebourne: “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 Wings of Freedom to the home to help us learn about the types of wildlife we are sharing our garden with!”