Getting the most from watching garden birds: Take part

The University of Derby’s Nature Connectedness Research Group‘s work is all about improving the relationship between people and the rest of nature – for human and nature’s wellbeing. We’ve developed some of the first interventions to improve that relationship, bring significant benefits to mental wellbeing and pro-nature behaviours. These interventions are based on noticing nature and the pathways to nature connectedness. We’re always looking for new ways to engage people with nature that bring the maximum benefits. Our latest research project is a student project that explores if the way we watch garden birds affects the wellbeing benefits they can bring. You can take part by following the link below, but read a little more about the study first.

Starling on a feeder

Watching birds is a simple way to engage with nature, especially close to home during the current restrictions – but the purpose of birdwatching can vary. In the current project people taking part will be asked to watch their local birds in different ways. We’ll then be able to see if some ways are better than others for wellbeing.

It’s straightforward, but we’re looking for people with an hour to spare. People taking part will be asked to:

  1. Put some food out for the birds.
  2. Spend 15 minutes or so completing some wellbeing questionnaires online.
  3. Spend 30 minutes watching birds and recording them as instructed.
  4. Spend 15 minutes or so completing the wellbeing questionnaires again.

For ethical reasons only those 18 years old and over can take part. Also, it’s for UK residents only as the types of bird matters too.

Once you’ve put some food out for the birds and have an hour to spare you can take part by following this link which will take you to the formal information and consent process. In a few months, after the data has been analysed and report written, we’ll share the results!


About Miles

Applied psychologist researching our connection with nature and ways to improve it. Good for nature, good for you.
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