Explore a new project highlighting the benefits of nature for mental wellbeing.
Spending time in nature has many mental health benefits. Therefore, at a time when mental health illnesses amongst young people are rising, creating opportunities to experience, learn about, and connect with nature is more important than ever.
We worked with a small group of pupils aged 14-16 in County Durham, who are taught outside of mainstream school because of experiences with anxiety and depression. With them, we co-designed a science investigation project where students deployed camera traps at Gosforth Nature Reserve and uploaded footage to the citizen science platform MammalWeb.
Students reported being outside in nature to have positive impacts on their mental wellbeing, and that classifying images on MammalWeb provided a therapeutic activity to concentrate on during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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