A walk on the wild side

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CARING residents in Leigh are building a home for wildlife.

Residents at Bedford Nursing and Residential Home in Leigh are taking a walk on the wild side in a bid to attract more wildlife into the care home’s grounds and gardens.

Bupa’s Wildlife Week (May 14 to 20) will see staff and residents enjoying a week of special activities, focusing on helping to boost the house sparrow population.

As well as encouraging the local community to join their ‘Save the Sparrow’ campaign, Bedford residents and staff are calling on volunteers to lend a hand on the main activity day on Monday, May 14 to help create a sparrow-friendly garden.

The project is being backed by the RSPB, with care homes across the UK linking up with the wildlife charity to receive expert support and advice about the best ways to create wildlife havens for species that are currently in decline.

Joanne Goodwin, care home manager, said: “We have plenty happening during Wildlife Week for residents and visitors to enjoy and it’s a great way for our residents to appreciate the fresh air or enjoy a spot of bird watching, and for those who may not be as active, simply drawing attention to any wildlife around them can help reminiscence and trigger happy memories.”

Gabrielle Layzell, RSPB’s project manager, added: “Although house sparrows are still seen in many gardens, their numbers have dropped significantly, which we believe is because there is simply less wild space and food available in gardens.”

For more information about Wildlife Week, visit the online action plan at www.bupa.co.uk/wildlifeweek or call 0845 600 4622.