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UCCRI at the Cambridge Science Festival- Bird therapy and mental health

Focusing on his own personal issues, Joe Harkness from Bird Therapy shows how our environment can help us with our mental health. The experience of being outdoors can be reinvigorating and uplifting by engaging with nature, such as bird watching, which can provide a positive focus when managing our mental health. With Claire Thompson, Author of "The Art of Mindful Birdwatching" and Conservation Programme Officer at BirdLife International.
When Mar 17, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 06:15 PM
Where David Attenborough Building
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The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) presents:

Bird Therapy is the literary pseudonym of Joe Harkness, a Norfolk-based birdwatcher and teacher who explores the therapeutic benefits of birdwatching for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health. He himself lives with OCD, generalised anxiety disorder and sporadic bouts of depression and uses the outdoors and birdwatching to help manage his symptoms and compulsions.

Focusing on his own personal issues, Joe shows how our environment can help us with our mental health. The experience of being outdoors can be reinvigorating and uplifting by engaging with nature, such as bird watching, which can provide a positive focus when managing our mental health.

Joe has been writing on this topic for three years now and has had articles published in Birdwatch magazine and The Curlew. He has also written guest blogs for the Wildlife Trusts and Mark Avery. The culmination of all this will be a book with the title ‘Bird Therapy’.

With an introduction from Claire Thompson, Author of "The Art of Mindful Birdwatching" and Conservation Programme Officer at BirdLife International.

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UCCRI is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, with a network of over 150 researchers from all 6 Schools of the University of Cambridge. The Institute supports multidisciplinary research on biodiversity conservation and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It works from a base in the David Attenborough Building, which is designed to enhance collaboration and the sharing of perspectives across organisational and disciplinary boundaries. Find out more...

 

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