Tag Archives: Natural environments

Nature on prescription for mental health trial: Feasibility stage

Ruth, Becca, Kerryn and a team from Exeter and Plymouth Universities have been awarded funds by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to conduct a feasibility study of nature based activities reached through social prescribing. The work will help prepare for a full Randomised Controlled Trial which will help clarify whether such activities are […]

New PhD: Affective forecasts and biodiversity renewal

A new fully-funded four year PhD studentiship is availible to work with Lewis, Becca and Professor Kevin Gaston. It will focus on understanding how people respond to changes in biodiversity and will be one of at least nine other PhDs associated with the NERC funded Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach (RENEW) project. The studentship […]

Nature, Health and Wellbeing Continuing Professional Development Course 2022 

Our brand new course, Nature, Health and Well-being CPD will run virtually on Zoom over 4 days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 13:00 on the 22nd and 24th March and 5th and 7th April 2022 from the comfort of your home and/or office without the need to travel.  The course will explore how natural environments can benefit the physical and mental health of […]

What Works briefings on natural environment and health or educational interventions for Defra

A few years ago we produced two What Works briefings on natural environment and health or educational interventions for Defra. These reports followed on from the earlier work we did for the Department and related closely to the content and delivery of the Government’s A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment […]

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 […]