Residents at Balhousie Wheatlands have done their bit to feed their feathery friends by creating bird feeders.
The garden at the Bonnybridge facility is frequented by numerous species of birds which the home’s occupants enjoy looking out for.
“The residents were all given one bowl with a chunk of lard and another with birdseed,” explained Suzanne Williams, Wheatlands Activities Coordinator.
“They softened the lard with their fingers, then they added the birdseed and mixed the two ingredients together.
“Next they got some pine cones and spread the mixture around them which stuck on really well.”
Once the feeders have set they will be hung in the garden, and the residents will keep a close watch on the birds which appear to have a peck.
Taking part in arts and crafts can have a hugely beneficial effect on older people’s wellbeing as it stimulates and actively engages the mind.
It has been shown in numerous studies to improve cognitive ability and memory, as well as reducing stress and increasing social interaction.
Making bird feeders is also a great way to do your bit for nature. It encourages birds to spend time in the garden and gives them a much-needed source of food.
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