Tag Archives: Natural environments

Help inform the Unlocking Landscapes Network and map people’s responses to different landscapes

Sarah Bell, working with Clare Hickman of Newcastle University, won funding from the AHRC for a Unlocking Landscapes Network. They are now seeking your input. They are asking people from across the UK to help capture varied meanings and experiences of ‘landscape‘. Sarah and Clare are inviting contributions which could include short stories, poems, sketches, […]

SWEEP webinar: Dartmoor National Park and the Naturally Healthy Project

The next in the series of SWEEP project seminars will be taking place on the 22nd May 2020, 11.30-12.30 For our next webinar, we’re welcoming Orlando Rutter, Head of Outreach & Understanding at Dartmoor National Park Authority. Orlando will talk about findings from the Dartmoor Naturally Healthy project which explored the variety of routes and activities through […]

New paper: can ecological restoration lead to ecological and social benefits?

A new paper from Siân de Bell and colleagues at the University of York suggests that improving the natural environment can enhance the benefits it provides for wellbeing. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the restoration of an urban river, the Medlock in Manchester, was successful in improving the environment and whether […]

Health and the natural environment: A review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future for Defra

The final report and research briefing for Becca’s fellowship with Defra have been published. An associated evidence statement was published earlier. The study focused on the interconnections between the natural environment and health, and the ways in which these are, or could be harnessed in policy and practice. The majority of the work was undertaken […]

Marine wildlife as an important component of coastal visits: The role of perceived biodiversity and species behaviour

Members of the Beyond Greenspace team have collaborated with the RSPB to examine whether marine wildlife is an important component of the wellbeing benefits of visits to the coast. The results of the study were published earlier this month in the journal Marine Policy. Our colleague Rebecca Jefferson from the RSPB has written a great […]

Sensing Nature: exploring visual impairment in the natural environment

In November 2016, ECEHH Researcher, Dr Sarah Bell, started a new two-year ESRC-funded project exploring the diverse sensory and emotional experiences people have in nature, focusing on individuals living with visual impairment. Approximately 285 million people are thought to live with sight loss and blindness across the world – a number that is increasing as […]

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change conference

More sessions have been added to the Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change conference so the call for papers and posters has been extended! We are going to be there chairing the ‘Biodiversity or green space?  Evidence for contribution to health in a changing climate’ session! Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 (abstract submission […]

How could feeling connected to nature make us happy?

Blog by Anne Cleary, Griffith University People are starting to get excited about nature connection, and potentially with good reason. In its broadest sense, nature connection describes the mix of feelings, beliefs and behaviours that we have towards nature. Research suggests that high levels of nature connection are likely to play an important role in […]

World Health Organisation Urban Green Spaces and Health report

Ben Wheeler has worked with Mike Depledge and colleagues from around Europe to co-author an important new report, for World Health Organisation (Europe), on the beneficial effects of urban green space for health. The report can be downloaded here. The comprehensive report summarises the existing evidence of linkages (both positive and negative) between urban green […]

A systematic review of attention restoration theory

  Heather Ohly and Ruth Garside, working with colleagues at Exeter and elsewhere, have undertaken a systematic review of evidence for the relative attention restoration potential of natural settings compared to other settings. ‘Attention Restoration Theory’ (ART) is used to explain some of the apparent benefits of exposure to natural environments. In the paper Heather […]