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Students join Edinburgh care home residents for birdwatch

Added on: 2nd February, 2018 by Victoria_29707

Students join Edinburgh care home residents for birdwatch

Last Updated:
Fri, 2 February 2018

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An Edinburgh care home had bird-feeders filled and binoculars at the ready when it took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Residents at Care UK’s Lauder Lodge on Wakefield Avenue 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 Towerbank Primary School joined residents to help make bird feeders and bird boxes, and planted some fresh bulbs in the home gardens.

Michelle Reid, home manager at Lauder Lodge said: “The birdwatch is a popular activity with Care UK residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome students from Towerbank Primary School to join us for our first event at Lauder Lodge. 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.”

For more information on Lauder Lodge, please call 0131 516 7544 or email customer relations manager, David Holbrook, on

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

For more information about Care UK, visit

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