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RSPB Birdwatch flocks to Scarlet House

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Scarlet House got a bird’s eye view when it took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden birdwatch.

Residents from Scarlet House were joined by students from St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School for the world’s largest wildlife survey.

In preparation for the birdwatch, the local pupils helped residents make fat balls and took a tour of the home gardens. The team also introduced the pupils to the care home’s pet guinea pigs and spent time reading a story about a swallow and a blackbird.

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. The birdwatch took place over the last weekend in January.

Home manager at Scarlet House, Pyela Myale, said: “We are always looking to plan interesting and exciting activities for residents and, as so many have a keen interest in nature and wildlife, we couldn’t wait to get stuck in with the birdwatch.

“The weekend proved to be a real success, and you could see from residents’ reactions just how much they enjoyed spending time outdoors and watching the birds in the garden.

We are always looking for opportunities to grow our relationship St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School pupils. As birdwatching is something that can be enjoyed by all, irrespective of age, we were delighted the students could join us for the birdwatch.”

For more information on Scarlet House, please contact customer relations manager, Laura Sayburn, on 01453 807 241 or email

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The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has taken place annually over the last 37 years, with the information collected each year helping the RSPB form a picture of bird populations across the country and highlighting any trends or changes. For more information, please go to

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