Mental Health Awareness Week

18th May 2020

This week, 18th-24th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week. Nature has huge positive benefits on our health and well-being, and several CCI partners are researching this field. RSPB are investigating the relationships between biodiversity and human health and wellbeing in this ongoing project. The BTO have published research demonstrating positive benefits of nature on mental health.

The current Covid-19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the connections between people and wildlife. In recognition of the importance of nature and the environment to people, BirdLife International are currently leading a campaign to add a new article to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the right to a healthy natural environment.  You can find out more here.

There are lots of ways to engage with the natural world even as we are spending much more time at home. If you have a garden consider joining the BTO Garden Bird Watch scheme. This citizen science project has been running for over 25 years and is a great way to contribute valuable data to help understand the changes in populations of some of our most familiar birds.

Even if you don’t have a garden you may have swifts in your neighbourhood. RSPB want to know more about where the bids are breeding,so if you hear screeching swifts, or know of nest sites, do report them here.