RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch got off to a flying start at a Sanctuary Care home in Bromsgrove over the weekend.
The team and residents at Breme Residential Care Home in Providence Road took part in a national birdwatch to help RSPB build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK, as well making delicious treats for their feathered friends.
The world’s largest wildlife survey, which took place 28 – 29 January, saw residents have their binoculars at the ready and their homemade bird feeders filled to the top, as they patiently waited to see who and what would fly in.
“…lovely to see all the birds…”
Some residents chose to stay in the warm and watch by a window, others like 76-year-old Angela Hogan ventured outside with her hat, coat and gloves.
Angela said: “It was lovely to see all the birds and the squirrels outside, I noticed so many new birds. I will be looking out for them every day.”
Fellow resident Noah Walsh, 87, added: “I loved it, I was looking through the window but there was so much nature to see when you look out for it.”
In the run up to birdwatch festivities, residents were busy making bird cakes and fat balls for the wildlife to enjoy, as well as home baked ‘birdwatching cookies’ to enjoy while they were busy spotting for wildlife.
Getting residents outdoors
The Sanctuary Care home’s deputy manager Vicky Collett continued: “We always look for ways to get our residents out and about as they love to be outdoors and it’s really important for their mental wellbeing, so when we heard about RSPB’s annual wildlife survey we knew we had to take part.
“The birdwatching activity itself was very exciting, we were all waiting to see who would spot the first bird and it was lovely to see the wildlife enjoying our homemade bird cakes and fat balls – even though they seemed more popular with our squirrels.”
About Big Garden Birdwatch
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch calls for people throughout the UK to take a closer look at the nature in their garden, from different species of birds to animals including badgers, hedgehogs and squirrels, which visit their doorstep in any one hour.