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Children spending less time outdoors in the pandemic


Six in ten children in England are spending less time outdoors since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Natural England’s research findings. The research explored children and young people’s perspective relating to nature during the coronavirus pandemic.

The findings, published in the Why society needs nature: Lessons from research during Covid-19 report, show the impact of the pandemic on children’s health and well-being. The findings include 48 percent of children reporting being worried about catching or spreading the virus had stopped them spending more time outside.

The report explores Natural Resources Wales’ research findings about visitors to their sites, such as forests. The findings show people visit the sites to ‘be in nature’ and for the well-being benefits from enjoying nature.

The report also summarises research by the Environment Agency, NatureScot and Forest Research. The report offers an insight into the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated lockdown restrictions of 2020 on people’s interactions and relationship with nature in the UK.

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