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Engaging with birdlife

Authored by Sarah Bell and originally published on the Sensing Nature blog. Engaging with birdlife Why do we tune into the sounds of nature? What captures our attention and how do we relate to these soundscapes? These are some of the questions that we have explored during the Sensing Nature project; a two-year qualitative study […]

Help us Demystify Health Metrics

We have been awarded funding to develop a ‘Demystifying Health Metrics’ publication for the Valuing Nature Programme. Guidance on what Health Metrics are, how and when to use them, and what they are used for is one of the key concerns of the Valuing Nature Community. Appropriate use of health metrics is vital to demonstrating […]

Informing environmental investment for health and wellbeing

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new research project at ECEHH, ‘Informing environmental investment for health and wellbeing’ funded by the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP). SWEEP is a collaborative initiative which brings academics, businesses and policy makers together to solve some of the many challenges involved in managing […]

Therapeutic Nature: Call for Evidence

We are looking for information on nature based therapies for people with diagnosed mental health conditions from anyone involved with the commissioning, referral or delivery of the interventions. Call for Evidence Are you involved in delivering or referring to nature-based therapies aimed at people with diagnosed mental health conditions? If so, the European Centre for Environment […]

The Forest 404 experiment

Alex Smalley is collaborating with the BBC to consider how listening to nature could impact wellbeing. The study is one of the biggest investigations ever conducted into the therapeutic effects of sound and has launched alongside an innovative new BBC Radio 4 podcast called Forest 404. You can take part in the Forest 404 experiment […]

Therapeutic Nature project

We have been awarded funding from Defra to identify what works in the use of nature-based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness. The new work is closely aligned with the MRC funded Nature on Prescription project. One of the key aims of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan is to help identify […]

Systematic review of indoor nature interventions for the health of older adults in residential settings

A new systematic review carried out by Nicky Yeo and colleagues and published in The Gerontologist found some evidence to suggest that involvement in active gardening and horticultural programmes can benefit the wellbeing of older adults in residential homes. Older adults living in residential homes are at risk of loneliness, hopelessness, and depression. There is […]