Thursday, 19 February 2015

Bird Therapy

 mute swan on Inverleith Pond

Last autumn I lead some birdwatching walks for a mental health project. Everyone who came along was very enthusiastic about seeing birds and finding out more about them. Numbers of attendeed were on the low side, largely because the weather tended to be quite poor on the days of the walks (in fact one class was cancelled due to bad weather). The low numbers though meant I was able to spend more time with each person individually,which was great. Hopefully in the warmer weather of Spring, we might run the classes again.

The mental health charity Mind recently carried out research into the value of ecotherapy, which includes therapy throuigh gardening, spending time in nature and carrying out nature conservation tasks. You can read about their research and browse their ecotherapy resources here.

Birder Joe Harkness is specifically interested in finding out how birdwatching helps people's mental health and wellbeing. You can read about his project and take part in his survey here.

As ever, red text includes hyperlinks to other webpages where you can find out more. 


TexWisGirl said...

i think taking an interest in any part of nature is good for one's mental health. :)

eileeninmd said...

Your birdwatching classes do sound nice, I hope the weather cooperates the next time.. I find bird watching to be very relaxing and I love nature..Enjoy your day!

Bob Bushell said...

Great for those that believe in mental health, it is necessary.

Gingi said...

I love bird watching.. my husband and I make a point of finding and visiting bird sanctuaries whenever we travel, and we watch the birds and try to identify them and learn about their habitat.. it's fun! Something I'd love to pass on to my children for sure... -

RG said...

It is sure good therapy for me!