Connecting with nature

RSPB, 2013

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This report:

● establishes a clear definition of connection to nature and a method for measuring it

● highlights a wide range of benefits for children, society and the environment

● for the first time, reveals how connected to nature children are across the UK.

Nature is in trouble, and children’s connection to nature is closely linked to this. The recent State of Nature report shows that nature in the UK is being lost – 60% of species assessed have declined over recent decades. Not only can children take action to help turn this around, but they will also benefit from having more contact with nature…

We believe that everyone has a role to play in putting nature back into childhood – including governments, local authorities, schools, families and, of course, organisations like ourselves and others.” – Extract taken from foreword by Dr Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive