Banbury care home residents take birdwatch weekend to the ‘nest level’

Residents at a Banbury care home welcomed some special feathered friends as part of its birdwatch inspired programme.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 11:18 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 11:19 am
Resident Jeanne Picciano gets a birds eye view
Resident Jeanne Picciano gets a birds eye view

This year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch inspired activities took place over the weekend as residents of Care UK’s Highmarket House, on North Bar Place, were joined by St Mary’s Primary School for a special visit from Fir Tree Falconry, which brought a variety of birds of prey, including a hawk and a barn owl.

Residents and pupils enjoyed getting up close with the birds, and took part in a ‘show and tell’ to learn more about them.

Jo Pohl, home manager at Highmarket House, said: “Residents love taking part in nature-themed activities here at Highmarket House, and we had a lot of fun celebrating this year’s bird-themed event. It was wonderful for residents and pupils to see birds from the local falconry centre up close, and created great talking points about British wildlife.

Barbera Bignell with a special guest

“Connecting with nature is extremely beneficial for older people, and promotes positive social interaction, improves wellbeing and provides an opportunity for sensory stimulation. This can be particularly helpful for those living with dementia, as it can conjure happy memories and the associated emotions.

“I’d like to say thank you to both St Mary’s Primary School and Fir Tree Falconry for joining us and making the day so special.”