Tag Archives: Paper
New paper: Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing
A new paper by Sian de Bell, Mat White and co working with the Royal Horticultural Society, and using data from Natural England, shows that spending time in the garden, whether to garden or relax, is beneficial for health and wellbeing. “This study of a representative sample of the English population demonstrates the link between […]
Does living near the coast help mitigate health inequalities?
New analysis of Health Survey for England data by Jo Garrett and colleagues suggests that living near the coast may help mitigate health inequalities in urban populations. The aim of the study was to investigate the association between mental health and coastal proximity (operationalised into five categories: (1) 0–1 km; (2) >1–5 km; (3) >5–20 km; (4) >20–50 km; […]
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 […]
‘Threshold’ of 120 minutes in nature for health?
New analysis of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with Natural Environments data has found that spending 120 mins or more in nature each week may be a ‘threshold’ for health and wellbeing gain. Mat White and colleagues focused on the associations between self-reported time spent in natural environments for recreation in the last seven days and […]
New paper: Fostering human health through ocean sustainability in the 21st century
Mat, Lora and Mike, with Bruce Maycock of Curtin University, Australia, have called for an equivalent effort to the ‘Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC)’, to gather global evidence and to promote collaborative action on behalf of the global ocean and human health and wellbeing. The Perspectives paper in the British Ecological Society‘s journal People […]
Who isn’t visiting natural environments and why?
Encouraging people to go out into natural environments is fast becoming a key facet of public health promotion. To devise effective strategies to meet this aim we need to know who is not visiting natural environments and why that might be. New research from ECEHH using Natural England’s MENE dataset has explored these questions. The […]
Are some natural environments more psychologically beneficial than others? New findings.
A new paper published by Mat White and colleagues in the journal Environment and Behavior has found that some protected and designated environments are associated with greater restoration and connectedness to nature than their equivalent non-designated environments. The authors analysed a sample of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural environment dataset and found […]
Different types of exposure to natural environments are associated with different aspects of wellbeing
Ben, Mat and colleagues have published a new analysis of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey data in the journal Health & Place. The study examined whether different types of exposure to natural environments are associated with different aspects of wellbeing. White, M. P., Pahl, S., Wheeler, B. W., Depledge, M. […]
ECEHH review featured on Cochrane.org
A team from ECEHH and the wider University of Exeter Medical School have published a Cochrane review of the health benefits of conservation and environmental enhancement activities. The review was the basis for the work reported last year. What is Cochrane? Cochrane is an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in […]
Is biodiversity conservation key to good mental health?
Mental Health Awareness week runs from 12-18th of May 2014 and in collaboration with our colleagues at the University of Reading we have written an article for The Conversation which examines how biodiversity loss might have implications for mental health. By Natalie Clark (University of Reading) and Rebecca Lovell (European Center for Environment and Human […]