Nature and wellbeing


Nature and wellbeing

 Oxeye daisies in an open meadow - Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

People need wildlife

We believe that everyone deserves to live in a healthy, wildlife-rich world and experience the joy of nature. 

Studies have shown that those who have the least access to nature also have the worst levels of physical health and mental wellbeing. 

We want more people to discover that daily contact with wildlife improves their mental health, and we want more people to care about and take action for wildlife as a result. Seeing birds near our homes, walking through green spaces filled with wild flowers, and along rivers that are clean and clear reduces stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

Daily contact with nature is also linked to better physical health, including reductions in obesity and improved concentration.

Group visiting Chancellor's Farm

Group visiting Chancellor's Farm - Matt Sweeting

Nature and wellbeing

Somerset Nature Connections

Somerset Nature Connections project aims to tackle some of the barriers that prevent people experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of Somerset’s spectacular natural environment.

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Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Nature and wellbeing

Somerset Nature and Wellbeing Opportunities

From taking part in practical conservation to mindfulness, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with here in Somerset.

Find opportunities near you
Boy birdwatching at Westhay Moor

Family visiting the Westhay Nature Reserve, Somerset Levels - Paul Harris/2020VISION

Nature and wellbeing

Places for people and wildlife

We manage our reserves for people and wildlife, places where you can feel the benefits of nature first hand.

Discover our reserves

A social return on investment analysis of the health and wellbeing impacts of Wildlife Trust programmes report cover
Nature and wellbeing

A natural health service

Prescribing nature works - and is excellent value for money. Read the full report below by The Wildlife Trusts and Leeds Beckett University.

SROI report

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