Birds of a Feather at Oaken Holt

At Oaken Holt care home in Farmoor, our residents and team take a keen interest in the local wildlife that live alongside us in the 23 acres of beautiful gardens and parklands that surround our home.

As we are so fortunate to have a myriad of birds visit our grounds, we decided to participate in RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this year which took place over the weekend of the 28th and 29th January 2017 and named it ‘The great Indoor Garden Birdwatch’

This is the world’s biggest bird survey with nearly half a million participants and by people sending in their personal records, provides a vital snapshot of the UK’s birds each winter. So with this in mind, we set up a little group of like-minded bird watchers and were delighted to take part in our own small way; we counted the highest number of bird species we saw at the same time and noted the variety of them to record for this event. It was also a great way for us to see if we have any new birds visiting us here at Oaken Holt.

As our residents really enjoy watching the birds all year around and not just for this event, we decided to carry on with this activity and we still continue to watch the birds from our lounge window. We have erected a bird table in front of this window to allow our residents to easily view.

Every day new seed and food is put out to encourage more birds to visit and our residents really enjoy watching the birds come and go and love seeing them eating the seed and food.  Even the arrival of a  cheeky squirrel that regularly visited and often ate the fat balls meant for the birds amused them.

Because of our extensive grounds at Oaken Holt, we get an amazing array of wildlife which include birds, squirrels, rabbits, badgers, deer and foxes. We all take such pleasure in watching them frolicking on our front lawn and brings a real sense of nature to our home.

As well as watching the wild birds in our garden, we also were delighted to welcome Al and his owls back to our home with the lounge packed with residents who wanted to see and hold the beautiful birds. Al explained all about his rescue birds and his desire to release birds back into the wild where possible. An admirable cause indeed. They are just so beautiful and wise looking and its great to get so close and personal to them. Al also took the owls around to our residents rooms who were not able to get to the lounge on the day. We can’t wait for them to visit us again.

Oaken Holt is set in a magnificent country estate offering residential and nursing care of the very highest standard.

If you would like to find out more about life at Oaken Holt care home, or to arrange a visit, please contact the home by calling 0808 223 5529 or email


Oaken Holt

Home Manager

Liz Day


Eynsham Road,

0808 223 5529
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely