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Birdwatch a flying success at Sevenoaks care home

Added on: 12th February, 2018 by Sasha_41787

Birdwatch a flying success at Sevenoaks care home

Care UK's Weald Heights residents and Holbrook Primary pupils participate in art session as part of RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Last Updated:
Tue, 13 February 2018

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A Sevenoaks care home had bird-feeders filled and binoculars at the ready when it took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, with the help of some special guests.

Residents at Care UK’s Weald Heights on Bourchier Close participated in the annual wildlife survey, and recorded the number of birds, as well as other wildlife species, they spotted in their garden.

The home was joined by pupils from Lady Boswells Primary School for an afternoon of wildlife arts and crafts in honour of the birdwatch. Pupils and residents enjoyed creating paintings of trees and birds.

Maria Covington, home manager at Weald Heights said: “The birdwatch is a popular activity with our residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome Lady Boswells Primary School to join us for the big event. All of the residents enjoyed taking part, learning more about the wildlife in our garden, and interacting with the pupils.

“Outdoor activities are important for both physical and mental wellbeing, and have many benefits for older people, particularly for those who are living with dementia. Birdwatching can act as a valuable reminiscence activity, as the distinctive sights and sounds of birds in the garden can help evoke memories. This year was another success, and we’d like to thank Lady Boswells Primary School for joining us.”

For more information on Weald Heights please call 01732 807 537 or email customer relations manager Amelia Moore on amelia.moore2@careuk.com.

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.

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 www.rspb.org.uk.

For more information about Care UK, visit www.careuk.com

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