If you've ever visited a WWT reserve, or even your local river or pond, you'll know there's something special about water. Which is why we are busy researching the impact our “blue” spaces have on our health and wellbeing.
We’re using our wetland centres to evaluate the effects spending time in wetlands has on individual and societal health. Our research at WWT Slimbridge has shown for the first time that nature-based interventions in a wetland environment can contribute significantly to the treatment of anxiety and depression.
We talk to mental health expert Dr Jolie Goodman, about how nature can help us feel better.
We researched how urban wetlands could bring relief to our stressed-out city dwellers.
If you know where and how to look, nature can give us comfort in so many ways. We’ve got lots of tips and ideas on how wetlands and their wildlife can help us regain a sense of peace and calm and provide us with a place to recuperate and escape life’s daily stresses.
It's incredibly relaxing! And spring is a great time to practice recognising birdsong.
Paying attention to the present moment can be really helpful when you're feeling overwhelmed. Here are eight exercises to try when you're out in nature.
Raining outside? Don't skip the daily local walk. Wet, splashy, muddy weather can be more fun than you might realise.
Whether it’s the crash of a wave, the lap of a tidal estuary of the gentle stillness of a shimmering lake, water has the power to inspire and calm us. Human beings have been connected to wetlands throughout the history of civilisation. But is our connection about more than survival? We think so…
"The happiness from the wildfowl and the love of life with WWT and the whoopers really can bring an essence of calm.”
"Nature gave me perspective and positive boosts. It also connects me to the reality of life."