Eagle-eyed residents enjoy birdwatching event at Knebworth Care Home

PUBLISHED: 12:36 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:26 14 February 2018

Knebworth Care Home resident Terrence Joslin and manager Vera Noreira. Picture: Paul Nixon.

Knebworth Care Home resident Terrence Joslin and manager Vera Noreira. Picture: Paul Nixon.

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Residents at Knebworth Care Home had their binoculars at the ready as they took part in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch.

Raymond Uffen with Nikki Journet and Shauna Price of the English School Of Falconry Bedford. Picture: Paul Nixon.Raymond Uffen with Nikki Journet and Shauna Price of the English School Of Falconry Bedford. Picture: Paul Nixon.

The event, which involves spotting as many feathered friends as possible, also saw eagle-eyed residents taking part in arts and crafts and other bird-related activities.

However, the highlight of the day for many was a visit from the British School of Falconry, which brought several species to the home, including a barn owl, tawny owl and hawk.

Vera Moreira-Henocq, Knebworth’s manager, said: “The birdwatch is a popular activity with residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome British School of Falconry to join us for our first birdwatch event at Knebworth.

“All of the residents enjoyed taking part and learning more about the wildlife in our garden.”

She continued: “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.”

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