Wetlands and wellbeing

Case studies

We know that whether it’s the vast vistas of our estuaries, the gentle stillness of a shimmering lake, or the dappled light of our wet woodlands, being around water has the power to comfort and heal us.

But don’t just take it from us….

For the participants of our nature-based wellbeing programmes, our wetlands have really helped improve their mental health.


"Being in nature helps me accept I’m not going to be happy and in bloom all the time. Just like the natural world, there will be seasons of brightness and joy and times of gloom and darkness"

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"When you’re having a bad day and you’re struggling to even get out of bed, you can look forward to the workshop and being out in nature"

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"What the Blue Prescribing course has taught me is how very valuable nature is as an antidote to a lot of the stresses we have in our lives"

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"I really liked the fact it gave us lots of concrete ideas about how to connect with nature in our daily lives to help boost our mental health"

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"I find it really soothing and calming. You’re scanning the reedbeds and the surface of the water, or looking up at the sky trying to see what birds there are. "

Blue Prescribing course participant

Find out more about our work in the emerging field of wetlands, human wellbeing and nature connection.

Blue Prescribing

Read about the progress we are making to developing ‘Blue prescribing’, a new form of nature prescription.

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Our science

Read about our scientific research and evidence on the connections between human health, wellbeing and wetland nature.

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Make the most of your visit to a wetland

Inspired to experience a wetland boost yourself? Our seasonal wellbeing guides, created in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, provide lots of ideas of how you can get the most out of a trip to your local wetland.

Wondering where to get that wetland boost? Your nearest WWT wetland centre is a perfect place to discover nature’s healing power.