Eagle-eyed students join Copthorne care home for the Big Garden Birdwatch

Eagle-eyed students join Copthorne care home for the Big Garden Birdwatch

A Copthorne care home had bird feedersfilled and binoculars at the ready when it took part in this year’s RSPB BigGarden Birdwatch, with the help of some local friends.

Residents at Care UK’s FrancisCourt, on Borers Arms Road, participated in the annual wildlife survey, andrecorded the number of birds, as well as other wildlife species, in theirgarden.

Students from CopthornePreparatory School, who are regular visitors to the care home, joined residentsin painting pictures of British birds to help identify the species during thebirdwatch.

2019 marks the 40thanniversary of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which encourages peoplenationwide to count the birds in their gardens to allow the charity to monitortrends and understand how different species are doing. Data from over half amillion people is then compared year-on-year to provide a snapshot of birdnumbers across the UK.

Mary AnnBallesteros, home manager at Francis Court, said: “Thebirdwatch is always an incredibly popular activity with residents, so wewere delighted that local students could join us to make this event even morespecial for everyone involved.

“Birdwatching gives older people afantastic opportunity to get outdoors and be more active but it’s perfect forall levels of activity. This wonderfully inclusive hobby can also be enjoyedacross the generations and I know the pupils from Copthorne Preparatory School learnedplenty from the residents. We all had a fantastic time and will continue ourhobby over the coming months.”

Francis Court has beendesigned to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents tolive active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential,nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.

For more information on Francis Court, please call customer relationsmanager, Roy Booth, on 01342 886 567, or email roy.booth@careuk.com

For more information pleasevisit careuk.com/francis-court or go to careuk.com/birdwatch

To find out more about theRSPB Big Garden Birdwatch please go to rspb.org.uk

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