Bird at a bird feeder

Activity ideas: Birds and birdsong

Some activity ideas for people with dementia that involve our feathered friends.

Birds and birdsong provide pleasure to many, connecting us with nature as well as sparking conversation and memories.

If you can access a garden or view one from indoors, you might already see and hear birds. A bird feeder and birdbath could encourage them year-round. 

You can also combine lard or suet with seeds, nuts and leftovers to make a fat cake to hang from a tree.

Choose a seed feeder, peanut feeder or bird table depending on the kinds you want to attract. You can also combine lard or suet with seeds, nuts and leftovers to make a fat cake to hang from a tree.

Growing particular plants or installing a particular size of nest box may also attract specific birds.

Make sure feeders are visible from a convenient window. Move them regularly and keep them clean to help the birds stay healthy. You can buy readymade feeders or build your own.

Some people enjoy cleaning and refilling feeders and baths.

We have a bird feeder that’s easy to assemble in our online shop. Some people enjoy cleaning and refilling feeders and baths – be sure to wash hands after handling them. 

A book with clear pictures can help identify birds, as could binoculars or listening to birdsong.

You may enjoy taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch every January, and they can also help to find your nearest nature reserves

Keeping active and involved

Advice and tips for keeping active and involved after a diagnosis of dementia. 

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Dementia together magazine: June/July 19

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