Nature makes us happier
There is increasing scientific research indicating an important link between time spent in nature and overall wellbeing. This research also suggests that children are spending significantly less time outdoors than generations have done in the past.
Our work to encourage more wild lives
Specific concerns on the Isle of Man are twofold. First, is the limited amount of outdoor time and nature-based activities in school curricula. Secondly, the current state of the Isle of Man countryside makes it difficult for the general population to enjoy these spaces. The Isle of Man abounds in natural sites, however many are small and isolated, lacking adequate interpretation and do not provide access for persons with restricted mobility. The Isle of Man could also benefit from sites created specifically for family activities and environmental education.
Engaging people of all ages with nature
Our Biodiversity Education Officer educates and inspires thousands of school-age children working with teachers to provide informative, interactive indoor and outdoor events organised for school classes, Scouts and Guide packs, church groups and more. Interested? Get in touch
Our Wildlife Watch club for children and teens encourages awareness of nature and positive feelings for the world we live in, increasing understanding of our environment and fostering a caring attitude towards wildlife and conservation.
Creating more wild spaces
Nine of our nature reserves are open to the public and are equipped with interpretation material to encourage people to explore on their own.
Our new project, Ramsey Eco-Active, is a 60 acre wooded playground designed to engage the whole family with nature based obstacles, trails and activities. We are also campaigning to create a countryside gateway site in Douglas, which will provide access to all, irrespective of income, age or knowledge of the countryside.
Studies indicate that spending as little as 15 minutes per day outdoors in nature increases confidence, decreases obesity, improves relationships, increases creativity, lowers recovery times of trauma and surgery, prevents mental health problems and aids recovery from mental health problems, increases happiness and the list goes on.
Sometimes it can be hard to get outside so find a comfy chair, sit back, relax and enjoy some #ManxNature accompanied by a short mindfulness session with Mike Kewley, Isle of Man based Mindfulness Teacher.