Newborn lambs brighten elderly residents’ day

Queens Meadow

LEAPING lambs brought smiles to the faces of elderly visitors, from Queens Meadow Care Home, during a trip to Saltholme Nature Reserve.

The reserve’s newest arrivals have been drawing in the crowds, including residents from care homes in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.

Queens Meadow Care Home and Ingleby Care Home, both operated by the Hill Care Group, took their residents on a day-trip to the popular tourist attraction.

They were delighted to see the newborn lambs, some as young as three days, during their visit. 

Although Lambing Live took place between 30th March and 15th April this year, some of the reserve’s sheep are still giving birth in the lambing shed.

Elderly twitchers take part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Elderly twitchers take part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

CARE home residents across the North have been monitoring their gardens for flying visitors as part of the world’s biggest wildlife survey. Those living in Hill Care homes across Derbyshire and the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and West have joined hundreds of thousands of others in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

The residents have submitted their findings alongside 500,000 other participants, who are all helping to monitor annual avian population changes.

At Pelton Grange Care Home, in Chester-le-Street, residents made fatballs to attract birds to the garden. They spotted chaffinches, blue and great tits, pigeons, sparrows and starlings.