OBSERVE WILDLIFE FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH…

In an article written in The Happy Newspaper, a recent study by the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland found that people who lived near common types of birds such as blackbirds, robins, blue tits and crows which are found in neighborhoods with more shrubs and trees were less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and stress.

The study, involving 270 people from various ages, incomes, and ethnicities, found benefits for the mental health of those who could see wildlife around the home, whether they lived in urban or leafy suburban neighborhoods.

They also found that people who spend less time outdoors were more likely to report being more anxious or depressed.

They said it was not the relationship between the species of birds and mental health, but rather the number of birds they could see from their windows, in the garden or in their neighborhood.

The Wildlife Trust states about trees – “Being affected by mental health can feel so isolating. You feel away from the world, but here you’re connected. I like the whole cycle of these trees. I enjoy finding neglected trees and putting their fruits to good use” – Clare, Hereford Wildlife Trust community orchard volunteer.

Research shows that children with easy access to nature are more able to cope with stressful life events and are generally less stressed individuals than those living in urban habitats lacking green spaces. Studies have also shown that time spent in forests, by rivers, in moorland, on mountains and on seashores improve our self-esteem and mood.

On their events page, you will find Dawn Chorus Walks, Bird Walks, and Beginners Bird Song where you will hear and see many birds around the UK as well as many other events to keep you in touch with the outside spaces.

 

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