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Video: Upper Coldstream Biodiversity Project achievements

The Upper Coldstream Biodiversity Project has been working with dedicated land stewards within an ecologically significant and culturally rich corridor along the NSW north coast. Using the Coastal Emu as a flagship species, a community collaboration has come together in pursuit of landscape-scale restoration. This 13 minute video provides an overview of the achievements [...]

2017-06-20T09:50:56+00:00

Walking through natural environments actually changes our brains… and for the better!

While it may seem intuitive that walking through the forest is good your mind, body, and soul, scientists are now discovering just how these nature experiences can actually change your brain… and for the better! A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that spending time in nature decreases obsessive, negative [...]

2017-05-26T11:37:16+00:00

It turns out getting children off the screen and back to nature… is good for them!

The decline in connection to the great outdoors has been linked to a number of mental and physical health concerns in children including obesity, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, poor cognitive development, low self-esteem, stress and even depression. These health conditions, resulting from children’s disconnection from the natural world, are metaphorically known as the “nature [...]

2017-05-26T11:37:35+00:00

Singapore is leading the world in greening its urban areas

An example that Australia could do well to follow... Imagine walking through the city streets is like walking through a botanic garden. Where even the busiest footpaths are lined with flowerbeds. Flyovers and skyscrapers are covered in flowering creepers and just about every street is lined with large figs and other tropical shrubs and [...]

2017-05-26T11:37:58+00:00

Want to be outside for part of your working day? You’re not alone

80 % of Sydney office workers want to work outside for part of their day, but fewer than 10 % actually do. The Nature Conservancy, believes it’s time to re-think the working environment and test new ways of getting the best out of employees – allowing them the opportunity to be happier, healthier and [...]

2017-04-29T22:13:47+00:00

Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health

According to this new study, people living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs, and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. Where birds around the home, and nature in general, show great promise in preventative health care, making cities healthier, happier places to live. You can read the full article [...]

2017-04-29T17:47:16+00:00

Time in nature makes Australian’s healthier, happier, brighter, calmer and closer

The findings of the latest Planet Ark National Survey, results from recent national and international peer-reviewed studies and previous Planet Ark research show that doctors and scientists agree: nature makes us healthier, happier, brighter, calmer and closer. This Report provides an overview on the benefits that time in nature has in five areas that [...]

2017-04-29T20:53:40+00:00

Story: Important steps being taken to rewild the Pillar Valley

While developing places of learning and sharing, to enable communities to come together for conservation… Imagine a landscape that is scattered with pockets of special habitats that not only attracts a unique array of native animals but also provides the community with important places of learning, teaching and sharing. Your own personal ‘sit spot’ [...]

2017-05-26T15:51:13+00:00