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Meyrick Rise Care Home residents go looking for Ladybirds at Hengistbury Head

Residents and friends Ruth and Winnie at the cafe at Hengistbury Head

On 24th September residents at Meyrick Rise Care Home in Dorset took a trip out in our minibus to Hengistbury Head - one of the highest points in Bournemouth.

Hengistbury Head is a fascinating place with a wide variety of habitat including heathland, grassland, woodland, wetland and coastland. It is also an internationally important archaeology and geology area.

Whilst exploring we discovered a H.M Coastguard radio relay station, a triangular stone pillar and a nature reserve in which our residents were told about the local habitat by a volunteer from the centre. We were surprised to discover there are over 700 types of moths living there, and an incredibly rare 13-spotted ladybird - which has not been seen since 1952. Needless to say we were on ladybird lookout from then on!

We also enjoyed hot drinks and soft raspberry filled muffins in the renowned Hiker Café whilst we watched the land train known as Noddy chug by.  

Florentin Radi, Nurse, said “We had such a great time exploring Hengistbury Head and are now busy planning our next outing.”

Meyrick Rise Care Home is located in Bournemouth, Dorset, and provides nursing carepalliative careresidential care and respite care.

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