It’s all About the Birds

This week has ‘flown’ by

For residents in Middleton Oaks and Middleton Gardens Independent Living this week their days have, quite literally, flown by as they experienced trips out spotting birds in the local area.

RSPB Saltholme

On Thursday 23rd January, Middleton Oaks residents travelled 15 miles to RSPB Saltholme to get up close to a variety of different types of birds including terns and yellow wagtails which are great to see in these specific wetlands.


The facility provides a viewing area meaning we didn’t have to stand outside in the cold!

Enjoying the beautiful scenery

Big Garden Birdwatch

Middleton Gardens residents had a slightly different interaction with the birds this season as they took part in the National RSPB bird-watching scheme known as the ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’, which is on for two days in January across the country.

Community facilities, retirement villages as well as people from their own homes get involved to see what species they can spot for one hour anytime between 25th and 27th January. This is then recorded and reported back to the RSPB.

So residents took to their binoculars, guides and notebooks to see what they could spot.


Middleton Hall has a superb range of birds, thanks to its wide variety of habitats. Since 2010, an impressive 92 different species have been recorded.

Key Fact: Did you know that bird watching is most successful between early morning (when the sun rises) and mid-morning? During this time birds are the most active therefore it is likely you will see more species.