A NURSING home has played host to a series of feathery guests.

Birds of prey were brought to the residents of Ashcombe House, in Worting Road, to help those living at the site who might not have been able to see the creatures themselves previously.

Every resident was given the opportunity to get to know birds such as Rocky the barn owl, Norman the eagle owl and a rescue hawk.

The birds also visited the residents’ rooms, so that those who are not able to come into communal areas were able to enjoy the therapeutic and sensory experience.

Activities coordinator Michelle Martin said: “Our residents have really enjoyed their unusual visitors today, we knew having the birds visit would be really nice for all residents as some find it difficult to go on many outing in our minibus.

“I am always looking at new activities for the residents and today I have seen the enjoyment and therapeutic influence the birds have given us."