Posted on: 29th Aug 18 at 1:34 pm by Realtree Global
Bird watching has been linked to improved mental health, a number of recent studies suggest.
A recent Mintel report (https://www.mintel.com/press-centre/leisure/young-brits-most-likely-to-have-been-birdwatching) suggests that 23% of Brits have picked up a pair of binoculars and taken up bird watching during their spare time
The recent study suggests young Brits are going back to more traditional pastimes, with 32% of men aged between 16-24 having picked up their binoculars and taken up the hobby.
Bird watching has been linked to lower stress and improve mental health.
In addition to the Mintel report, researchers from the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology revealed that bird spotting can also help lower the risk of anxiety and depression. With data showing there is a link between the number of birds spotted in the afternoon and increased happiness.
Around three million adults in the UK go bird watching and enjoy the many pleasures associated with pleasant pastime, including the enjoyment of simply being in the British countryside.
We all now live in a fast paced, social media driven world and it would appear that British people of all ages are aware of the importance a digital detox. 81% recognise that it is important to spend time away from their phones and take to the outdoors as a way of enjoyment and escape.