A STROUD care home had bird-feeders filled and binoculars at the ready when its residents took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Residents at Care UK’s Scarlet House on Westward Road participated in the annual wildlife survey, and recorded the number of birds, as well as other wildlife species, they spotted in their garden.

Students from St Matthew's C of E Primary School joined residents to make bird feeders and fat balls to attract local wildlife to the home gardens.

Lesley Parkin, home manager at Scarlet House was very pleased the children joined them for the occasion.

“The birdwatch is a popular activity with residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome students from St Matthew's C Of E Primary School, said Lesley.

“Residents and pupils alike enjoyed taking part, and learning more about the wildlife in our garden.

“Outdoor activities are important for both physical and mental wellbeing, and have many benefits for older people, particularly for those who are living with dementia.

“Birdwatching can act as a valuable reminiscence activity, as the distinctive sights and sounds of birds in the garden can help evoke memories.

“This year was a great success, and we’d like to thank the students for joining us.”

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has taken place annually over the last 38 years, with the information collected each year helping the RSPB form a picture of bird populations across the country and highlighting any trends or changes.

For more information, please go to www.rspb.org.uk.