If you've ever visited a WWT reserve, or even your local river or pond, you'll know there's something special about water. Which is why we are busy researching the impact our “blue” spaces have on our health and wellbeing. Our research at WWT Slimbridge has shown for the first time that nature-based interventions in a wetland environment can contribute significantly to the treatment of anxiety and depression.
Our wetland centres are both accessible, safe places for people to immerse themselves in nature and optimal habitat for wildlife. We’re using these settings to evaluate the effects spending time in wetlands has on individual and societal health.
Whether it’s the crash of a wave, the lap of a tidal estuary of the gentle stillness of a shimmering lake, water has the power to inspire and calm us. Human beings have been connected to wetlands throughout the history of civilisation. But is our connection about more than survival? We think so…
"The happiness from the wildfowl and the love of life with WWT and the whoopers really can bring an essence of calm.”READ MORE
"Nature gave me perspective and positive boosts. It also connects me to the reality of life."READ MORE
Have you had a positive experience of being in wetlands that you’d like to share? Send your stories to email@example.com