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Suffolk Owl Sanctuary visit a flyaway success at Colchester care home

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A host of feathered friends flew into Silversprings care when the care home in Thorrington, Colchester welcomed representatives from the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.

Residents at the care home on Tenpenny Hill were joined by their families and members of the Day Club for the rare opportunity to get up-close to many different species of owl.  The visit followed the care home’s participation in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch last weekend (Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January), which saw residents making a record of the number and types of birds coming into the garden during a one hour period.

David Martins, customer relations manager, said: “At Silversprings we support residents to participate in outdoor and sensory activities as they can boost emotional and physical wellbeing, and help residents to live meaningful and fulfilled lives.  

“As we prepared to take part in the RSPB’s nationwide wildlife count, we put together a programme of nature-related activities.  This included painting bird boxes, filling-up feeders and even making our own fat cakes to attract more birds to the Silversprings garden – which is already home to a wonderful peacock and some ducks.

“The visit from the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary was an important part of our activities programme and it has proven to be a real highlight for everyone at Silversprings.  Those brave enough were able to handle the owls and everyone enjoyed having the chance to take a closer look at such magnificent birds of prey.”

To attract more birds to your garden why not try making your own bird food.  Visit 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.

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Tenpenny Hill, Thorrington, Essex, CO7 8JG


  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club

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