Mobile zoo visits care home as part of wildlife project

Posted on 23 September 2011

Animal therapy is well known to be beneficial to the health of older people paying for long term care.

Residents of Brierton Lodge care home in Hartlepool experienced some weird and wonderful creatures when a mobile zoo came to visit.

According to the Hartlepool Mail, this was part of an ongoing wildlife project at the facility, which has seen bat boxes put up in the garden.

Staff at the care home have also created a butterfly friendly garden.

Care home manager, Carol Barnard, told the publication: "It’s great everyone can get involved, we’ve all got a real sense of pride that we've played our part in creating new habitats and keeping the gardens of Britain alive."

This follows news that Straven House in Ilkley and Burley Hall in Burley-in-Wharfdale are searching for unwanted binoculars in order to get up close to nature.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is advising the nursing homes on how to attract nature by altering their surroundings, as well as sharing animal-watching tips.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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