RESIDENTS at a Newport care home welcomed Isle of Wight Parrot Rescue to meet and interact with some friendly birds.

Lorna and Nicky brought red-fronted macaw, Verdi, and cockatoo, Ella, to meet Orchard House residents.

Residents had the opportunity to have a close-up meeting with the birds and were able to stroke and talk to them.

Lorna and Nicky share their homes with many rescue birds and have them in aviaries outside, with the Parrot Rescue taking in around 500 parrots on the Isle of Wight over the last five years.

Isle of Wight County Press: Resident Eddie with Verdi (left) and Ella the Cockatoo (right).Resident Eddie with Verdi (left) and Ella the Cockatoo (right).

The charity spends £200-a-week feeding all the birds, and this does not include building the aviaries, buying cages and vet bills.

Kim Fleming, general manager, said: "We are always looking for ways to enrich our resident's lives.

"This visit was fabulous because we have residents who used to own parrots, so this was a great trip down memory lane for them."

Lillian, resident, said: "I used to have a parrot called Pepe.

"These beautiful birds remind me of all the good times we had together."