Nature Connection Useful Links

Here are links to a selection of useful websites and publications to help with ideas to increase nature connection and reading for interest. Let me know if you’d like to see a section on a particular topic – I’ll add more over time.

 

Useful resources for teachers and parents

Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Birds (RSPB)

RSPB give nature a home in your garden

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/

Here’s their YouTube channel for great videos on activities to help wildlife find a home near you (compassion pathway to nature connection!):

https://www.youtube.com/user/rspbvideo

 

Sensory Trust

For inclusive and sensory design, using nature and the outdoors for the health and wellbeing for people living with disability and health issues, their families and carers.

http://www.sensorytrust.org.uk/

For creative activities involving the senses and using the outdoors and nature.

http://www.sensorytrust.org.uk/information/creative-activities/index.htm

 

The Wildlife Trusts

For places, activities and information on nature and wildlife in the UK. They also run the annual nature connection scheme 30 Days Wild (check it out and take part, it’s great and proven to work!):

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

Their pages for nature, health, and wellbeing:

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/living-landscape/nature-health-and-wild-wellbeing

David Suzuki Foundation

Canadian research, education and analysis organisation working to conserve and protect the environment.

https://davidsuzuki.org/

They have some great teachers resources for connecting children to nature:

https://davidsuzuki.org/take-action/connecting-with-nature-education-guide/

 

Selected scientific papers/reports on the benefits of nature and nature connection

Richardson et al. (2017), Journal of Ergonomics. Nature: a new paradigm for well-being and ergonomics.

Capaldi et al. (2014). Frontiers in Psychology. The relationship between nature connectedness and happiness: a meta-analysis.

Richardson et al. (2015), Report for the RPSB. The impact of children’s connection to nature.

Cox et al. (2017), BioScience. Doses of neighborhood nature: the benefits for mental health of living with nature.

Wood et al. (2014), PLOS One. A repeated measures experiment of school playing environment to increase physical activity and enhance self-esteem in UK school children.

Wooller et al. (2016). International Journal of Environmental Health Research. Occlusion of sight, sound and smell during Green Exercise influences mood, perceived exertion and heart rate.