UK wildlife 'Big 5' unveiled as report reveals significant benefits of nature on mental health

By: Lovat Holiday Parks
BASINGSTOKE, U.K. - May 25, 2022 - PRLog -- New research from Lovat Parks reveals the benefits to mental health from immersion in nature. And, to encourage the nation to engage with wildlife and enjoy these benefits themselves this summer, the B-Corp* holiday parks company has partnered with conservationist and TV presenter Megan McCubbin to create the 'Big 5' wildlife wonders that can be spotted on our very own isles this summer.

The report brings together findings from 19 academic studies, and was commissioned by Lovat Parks in partnership with Professor Andrea Mechelli – researcher specialising in the environment's impact on mental health at King's College London – to provide new insight into the health benefits of getting back to nature and immersing in wild spaces.

Amongst the findings, the report reveals:
  • Higher cognitive performance and emotional wellbeing in children who spend more time in green spaces
  • 20% reduced risk of developing depression in those who spend significant amounts of time in natural environments
  • 28% lower likelihood of feeling lonely when in nature
  • A significant reduction in risk of developing depression and generalised anxiety disorder amongst those who spend time in nature
  • 81% improvement in mental wellbeing when in the presence of trees
The 'Big 5' incorporates species found across the country; most can even be spotted in and around Lovat Parks' luxury holiday sites:
  • Blue sharks
  • Puffins
  • Grey seals
  • Otters.
  • Elephant... hawk moths.
Commenting on the 'Big 5', Megan said: "Some of the wildlife on the 'Big 5' list I've created with Lovat Parks can be found in the UK; but places like Cornwall, Norfolk and the New Forest are rich with diverse wildlife.

"It shows the benefits that connecting with the natural world can have to our physical and mental wellbeing, so I would encourage everyone to get away to the great British countryside for a break this summer if they can."

Raoul Fraser, director of Lovat Parks, added: "The range of creatures on our 'Big 5' list demonstrates the utterly unique diversity of wildlife we have here in the UK – and proves that you don't have to step onto a plane to get your dose of 'exotic' nature!

"We wanted to do something that not only encouraged people to enjoy and celebrate our natural world but would also help people appreciate the importance of preserving our environment.

"Across our parks we will be hosting a number of activities as part of the campaign, providing our guests with opportunities to connect with this wildlife in our incredible, picturesque locations."

To find out more about the campaign including Megan's top tips for responsible wildlife spotting visit

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