With the wintery weather slowly disappearing, the residents at Buchan House Care Home started to prepare their garden for the spring this week. As the birds and squirrels have been tucked away avoiding the wintry chill, they’ve not had many garden visitors. Some of the people living there enjoy looking out the window at the different species of birds, so they cant wait for some sunnier spells.
Making the most of the little sunshine they had this week, residents decided to make some bird feeders to get some wildlife back in the garden ahead of the transition into spring.
In preparation for the activity, team members and residents had been saving their used yoghurt pots, as they are a perfect size and shape for birds to sit on and peck. After getting them all together, residents were handed a yoghurt pot each to start filling. A mix of wild bird seed, red berry suet, peanuts, raisins, digestive biscuits, mealworms and lard were placed on each table, for the residents to pack their pots with.
While doing this, conversation turned to their favourite types of birds and ones they haven’t seen in the wild before. It was a really fulfilling activity, as many residents used to watch the birds from their homes or at nature reserves, so it was a familiar activity that everyone could connect with.
After the pots had been filled, team members placed them to the side to dry overnight. The following day, a group of residents braved the cold with Lifestyle Coordinator, Debbie, to put the pots in the garden. After setting them up, people sat with a hot drink at the window, to see if they could spot any birds.
It was a well enjoyed afternoon and now the garden is prepared for spring, the residents and team members are praying for sunshine so their feathery friends can return.