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.
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.