Feb 03, 2017
Residents from Skylark House had a busy weekend observing the many feathered friends visiting the garden as they took part in the world’s largest wildlife survey.
With the help of children from Holbrook Primary School, residents created a number of tasty treats to attract birds to the care home’s garden for the birdwatch.
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.
Home manager, Devendra Lallchand, explained why Skylark House is one of several Care UK care homes that took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. “We were delighted to be joined by Holbrook Primary School who helped the residents create some tasty treats to tempt local birds and other wildlife into the garden. The residents had a lovely afternoon and enjoyed spending time with the students counting all of the different birds who came to visit.
“Spending time outdoors is important for physical and mental wellbeing, and has many benefits for older people, particularly for those who are living with dementia. The sounds of bird song and the appearance of different species can also help bring memories to the surface and act as a valuable reminiscence activity.”
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