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Nature Education

 Here are some sources of research and evidence highlighting the multiple benefits associated with learning in natural environments , how this can support the development of a meaningful connection with nature and how this connection with nature can be measured.

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Nature Education
Connection with Nature 

The RSPB believes that connecting with nature should be a part of every child’s life. This research page includes a methodology for measuring children's connection to nature and other nature connection research they have commissioned.

These include: 

  • Every Child Outdoors Wales

  • The Impact of Children's Connection to Nature

  • Connecting with Nature Report

Engagement with Nature 

Engagement with Nature and Covid restrictions.

This study explores people’s connection with trees, woodlands and wider nature before and during the Covid-19 pandemic and the benefits they gained from these interactions.  It is based on results from an on-line survey which was open from mid- June to July 2020. It was carried out as part of the Active Forests Programme which is funded by Forestry England and Sport England with support from the National Lottery.

Connection with Nature: Evidence

Connection with Nature: Evidence briefing (EIN015)

This Natural England Connection to Nature (CTN)  evidence briefing reviews international evidence for health and wellbeing impacts.

Sub-documents explore links between natural environments and:  

  •  learning (EIN017) 

  • mental health (EIN018)

  •  physical activity:  (EIN019)

  •  physiological health:  (EIN020)

  •  obesity: evidence briefing (EIN021)

Connection with Nature: Economics

The Dasgupta Review –Independent Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, Interim Report 2020

This review concludes 'with a plea for a transformation of our education systems towards one where children from an early age are encouraged to try and understand the infinitely beautiful tapestry of processes and forms that is Nature. It is only when we appreciate that we are part of Nature and that Nature nurtures us that we will have fewer needs for reviews on the economics of biodiversity.' p49, 2.84

Connection with Nature: Economics

The Dasgupta Review – The Economics of Biodiversity, Final Report 2021

This final review follows on from the above interim report. The full report (610pages ) can be accessed from this 5 page business summary. 

The Dasgupta Review sets out a new framework, grounded in ecology and Earth Sciences, yet applying principles from finance and economics to understand the sustainability of our interaction with nature and prioritize efforts to enhance nature and prosperity.

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