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Stowmarket care home’s Big Garden Birdwatch hailed as a flying success

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:00 14 February 2018

Residents at Cedrus House care home in Stowmarket took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Residents at Cedrus House care home in Stowmarket took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

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Residents at a Stowmarket care home came face-to-face with some feathered friends as they took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Watch.

Residents at Cedrus House in Stowmarket get up close to Tawny Owl Rascal and her handler Jess Burrell from Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR Residents at Cedrus House in Stowmarket get up close to Tawny Owl Rascal and her handler Jess Burrell from Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Cedrus House, in Creeting Road East, had bird feeders and binoculars at the ready as residents jotted down the number and species of birds they spotted in their garden.

They also had a special visit from a Jess Barrell from Suffolk Owl Sanctuary with tawny owl Rascal.

Michelle Webster, home manager, said the residents loved taking part.

She said: “The birdwatch is a popular activity with our residents every year, so we were delighted to welcome Suffolk Owl Sanctuary to join us for the big event.”

She said outdoor activities have many benefits for older people, especially those 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,” she said.

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Police searching for missing Kesgrave man Paul Moore, who has not been seen for almost three weeks, have made an arrest.

Three people are due to appear in court on Monday after an elderly woman had her handbag stolen in Felixstowe town centre on Saturday afternoon.

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