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Looking out for birds helps all

Worcester Editorial 29th Jan, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

WILDLIFE enthusiasts at a Worcester care home are ready to help take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

With binoculars at the ready and bird feeders filled, residents and the Care UK team at Perry Manor care home will be joining in the world’s largest wildlife survey this Saturday (January 30) and Sunday (January 31).

The birdwatch encourages people to take a closer look at the nature on their doorsteps, by counting the different birds which visit their garden in any one hour over the weekend, as well as recording any non-bird species such as badgers and hedgehogs.

This will be the second consecutive year the Charles Hastings Way care home has taken part, and over the past 12 months the team at Perry Manor have encouraged residents to take daily responsibility for topping up bird feeders and installing more bird boxes and bird baths.

Pushpa Sagoo, manager of the care home said: “Staying active and enjoying the outdoors can be extremely valuable for the residents, particularly those living with dementia.

“The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch provides a great opportunity for residents to access outside spaces and reap the emotional, social and physical benefits this can bring.

“The quiet, calming nature of bird watching can help lower anxiety, while the colourful sights and distinctive sounds of our feathered friends provide plenty of sensory stimulation.

“This year, we have been busy preparing our gardens to attract more birds and making fat balls to provide them with vital nourishment over the winter months.”

Visit www.rspb.org.uk for more information.


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