Added on: 24th January, 2018 by Francesca_27017
Residents at a care home in Halstead are preparing to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this January.
Residents at Care UK’s Colne View on Dame Mary Walk have got their binoculars at the ready and are gearing up to participate in the annual wildlife survey, which will be taking place from Saturday 27th until Monday 29th January.
In preparation for the birdwatch, residents will be visited by Kala Dowsett, known as the Owl Lady, who will bring a selection of owl species for residents to see up close.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey. Every year, over half a million people nationwide take part by counting the birds, as well as other garden species such as badgers and hedgehogs, that they spot in their garden in one hour. This important survey allows the RSPB to monitor species population and trends year to year.
Residents at Care UK homes across the country have been using the Birdwatch to take part in all sorts of feathered friend-related activities, ranging from art projects to making bird food cakes.
Home manager, Audrey Joslin explained why taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Colne View: “Spending time outside and connecting with nature has great benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing, which is important for older people, and particularly for those living with dementia.
“Birdwatching is a peaceful activity that has a calming effect on residents, with vibrant colours and distinctive bird songs also providing sensory stimulation. What’s lovely is that birdwatching can be enjoyed from the comfort of an armchair, no matter what the weather, thanks to our carefully positioned feeders. The residents enjoy getting together to count the wildlife in the home’s garden, so it is always a popular activity!
“We are delighted to be taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch again this year and to be playing a part in this important national survey. We can’t wait to find out which types of wildlife we are sharing our garden with.”
The home has been preparing the gardens and making fat balls to provide the birds with vital nourishment over the winter months. The recipe for this can be found here: careuk.com/birdwatch.
Family carers can get advice and support on how to incorporate practical activities such as bird watching into their daily routines by visiting careuk.com and requesting or downloading a copy of Care UK’s Good to go guide to help older people enjoy the outdoors.
For more information about Colne View, please contact customer relations manager at Colne View, Kim Richardson, on 01787 389 337 or email Kim.Richardson2@careuk.com.
For more information on which Care UK homes are taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, please go to careuk.com/birdwatch.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has taken place annually over the last 38 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 rspb.org.uk.