The study, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts and carried out by the Institute of Education at UCL, is one of the largest into the effects of outdoor activities on children’s wellbeing and views about nature. The Telegraph reports.
The research found that children’s wellbeing increased after they had spent time connecting with nature and that they gained educational benefits as well as wider personal and social benefits.
Researchers at UCL said children have “lost touch” with nature and that the benefits on the group of 450 primary school children from 12 areas in the UK were plain to see.
81 per cent of children reported having better relationships with their teachers after learning outside, 79 per cent said they had better relationships with their classmates and 79 per cent said the experience helped with their school work.
Nigel Doar, The Wildlife Trusts’ director of strategy said “The Wildlife Trusts believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in daily life and we’re calling on government to recognise the multiple benefits of nature for children – and ensure that at least one hour per school day is spent outdoors learning and playing in wild places.”
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