EAGLE-EYED residents at a care home in Chelmsford had their binoculars at the ready over the weekend for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

After weeks of preparations, Care UK’s Manor Lodge residents were in for a treat as they took part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, from Saturday until Monday.

Residents took part in a variety of activities related to feathered friends, including making their own bird feeders ready for the bird watch, arts and crafts, and research into the different species of birds that visit the home’s garden.

The home, on Manor Road, has also invited students from Chelmsford College to join them for the occasion. They joined the bird watch, and helped identify different bird species.

Home manager, Juliana Miles, explained that taking part in the Birdwatch is important for residents at Manor Lodge.

She said: “It may be one of the first events of the year, but the RSPB Bi Garden Birdwatch is always a highlight for residents and team members alike!

“Spending time outdoors and connecting with the nature around us can prove to be beneficial for both the physical and mental wellbeing of older people – particularly those living with dementia. While it is a calming, peaceful activity, the distinctive sounds and vibrant colours of the garden are also great for providing sensory stimulation for residents.

“We’re delighted to be taking part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey once again this year, and to be playing our part in such an important study. We’re looking forward to welcoming Chelmsford College students to the home to help us find out which types of wildlife we are sharing our garden with!”

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which encourages people nationwide to count the birds in their gardens to allow the charity to monitor trends and understand how different species are doing. Data from over half a million people is then compared year-on-year to provide a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.

To find out more about Manor Lodge, call Juliana Miles on 0333 4343 052, or email juliana.miles@careuk.com