Care home residents get birdwatching with TV expert - The Leamington Observer

Care home residents get birdwatching with TV expert

Ian Hughes 1st Feb, 2017   0

A CARE home in Leamington got a bird’s eye view when they took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden birdwatch.

Residents from Care UK’s Priors House on Old Milverton Lane were joined by TV wildlife expert, Simon Watts, for the world’s largest wildlife survey.

The home embraced the birdwatch, running bird themed art classes and making fat balls and bird boxes.

Simon, who has appeared in BBC’s Springwatch, brought a telescope connected to a wide screen so that residents with impaired mobility or vision were able to view the birds. He also gave a talk and provided top tips for how best to attract birds in the garden.

Simon regularly visits the home to give talks about local wildlife, these are very popular with residents.

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. It takes place over the last weekend of January.

Home manager Francine Summers said: “The weekend proved to be a real success, and you could see from residents’ reactions just how much they enjoyed viewing the birds and listening to Simon’s talk. Simon provided so many useful tips, so we’ll definitely be on the lookout for more flying visitors coming into the garden in the future!”


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