A host of feathered friends flew into a Cheltenham care home, when it hosted a fun event in association with Walks with Hawks.
Following the success of the care home’s participation in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch earlier in the year, residents at Sandfields had the rare chance to experience the art of falconry and to get up close to different species of hawks, owls and falcons. There was an opportunity to handle the birds and the session also included a talk about the importance of protecting birds of prey and conserving their habitats.
Ruth Baggs, home manager at Sandfields, said: “Many residents here have an active interest in wildlife and nature and, as everyone enjoyed getting involved in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch earlier this year, we took the decision to invite Walks with Hawks to bring some of their magnificent birds along to Sandfields.
“The visit was a real success and you could see from the residents’ reactions just how engaged and fascinated they were by the chance to get so close to such impressive birds of prey. It was fantastic to see the smiles on everyone’s faces. The session also fitted really well with our activity based care approach, which is all about ensuring residents can continue enjoying the hobbies they have always loved, as well as giving people the opportunity to discover new talents and interests.”