Birds of prey and other feathered friends visited residents at Perry Manor on Charles Hastings Way in preparation for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Residents admired a tawny owl, long eared owl, and a peregrine falcon, as they learned about each bird's characteristics, food preferences, and how they hunt their prey in the wild.

Mike Parson, a resident at Perry Manor, said: “I have never held an Owl before and it was a nice experience and very interesting. We learnt facts about the birds that I did not know.”

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The friendly birds were introduced by a professional falconer from 'Walk With Hawks', who brought his passion for birds of prey, conservation, and education into the home.

Katherine Matthews, home manager at Perry Manor, said: "We loved welcoming the impressive creatures into the home – the residents were truly in awe of them.

"Everyone had a fantastic day and the smiles on the residents’ faces were lovely to see.

"Here at Perry Manor, we are always hosting new and exciting activities for residents.

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"Animal therapy has proven to be incredibly beneficial for older people, as it can prompt social interaction, increase physical activity and be calming; and this event was perfect for just doing that.

“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in making today was very memorable for everyone.”

Perry Manor is a Care UK facility that offers full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.