UK wildlife 'Big 5' unveiled as report reveals significant benefits of nature on mental health
By: Lovat Holiday Parks
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:
"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 www.lovatparks.com/
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR