10 ways to reconnect with nature this autumn

BBC Nature

Studies suggest we are becoming disconnected from wildlife, and losing the benefits. So how can we get back to nature this autumn?

Autumn offers a range of wildlife treats; leaves changing colour, explosions of fungi, migrant birds such as waxwings and swans arriving, collecting conkers, watching starlings’ mesmerising murmurations to name a few.

Studies suggest such interactions can improve our mental function, reduce aggression and alleviate depression.

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I guess Project Wild Thing is my journey to understand what the brand product benefits are of nature and then communicate those to parents and children.”

David Bond, filmmaker

In 2012, a study showed that people scored 50% better on a creativity test after spending four days backpacking disconnected from electronic devices, according to US-based psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas.

But you don’t have to be in a wilderness for nature to have an impact. A simple walk in the park to enjoy the leaves changing colour during a lunch break can be beneficial.

BBC Nature – 10 ways to reconnect with nature this autumn.