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dc.contributor.authorCameron, Ross
dc.contributor.authorBrindley, Paul
dc.contributor.authorMears, Meagan
dc.contributor.authorMcEwan, Kirsten
dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorSheffield, David
dc.contributor.authorJorgensen, Anna
dc.contributor.authorRiley, J
dc.contributor.authorGoodwick, J
dc.contributor.authorBallard, L
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Miles
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-05T16:57:06Z
dc.date.available2020-02-05T16:57:06Z
dc.date.issued2020-01-22
dc.identifier.citationCameron, R.W., Brindley, P., Mears, M., McEwan, K., Ferguson, F., Sheffield, D., Jorgensen, A., Riley, J., Goodrick, J., Ballard, L. and Richardson, M., (2020). 'Where the wild things are! Do urban green spaces with greater avian biodiversity promote more positive emotions in humans?' Urban Ecosystems, pp. 1-17. DOI:10.1007/s11252-020-00929-zen_US
dc.identifier.issn1083-8155
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11252-020-00929-z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/624456
dc.description.abstractUrban green space can help mitigate the negative impacts of urban living and provide positive effects on citizens’ mood, health and well-being. Questions remain, however, as to whether all types of green space are equally beneficial, and if not, what landscape forms or key features optimise the desired benefits. For example, it has been cited that urban landscapes rich in wildlife (high biodiversity) may promote more positive emotions and enhance well-being. This research utilised a mobile phone App, employed to assess people’s emotions when they entered any one of 945 green spaces within the city of Sheffield, UK. Emotional responses were correlated to key traits of the individual green spaces, including levels of biodiversity the participant perceived around them. For a subsample of these green spaces, actual levels of biodiversity were assessed through avian and habitat surveys. Results demonstrated strong correlations between levels of avian biodiversity within a green space and human emotional response to that space. Respondents reported being happier in sites with greater avian biodiversity (p < 0.01, r = 0.78) and a greater variety of habitats (p < 0.02, r = 0.72). Relationships were strengthened when emotions were linked to perceptions of overall biodiversity (p < 0.001, r = 0.89). So, when participants thought the site was wildlife rich, they reported more positive emotions, even when actual avian biodiversity levels were not necessarily enhanced. The data strengthens the arguments that nature enhances well-being through positive affect, and that increased ‘engagement with nature’ may help support human health within urban environments. The results have strong implications for city planning with respect to the design, management and use of city green spaces.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Environment Research Council et al. - Award NE/N013565/1en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11252-020-00929-zen_US
dc.subjectBiodiversityen_US
dc.subjectBirdsen_US
dc.subjectGreen spaceen_US
dc.subjectHealthen_US
dc.subjectNatureen_US
dc.subjectQualityen_US
dc.subjectWellbeingen_US
dc.titleWhere the wild things are! Do urban green spaces with greater avian biodiversity promote more positive emotions in humans?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1573-1642
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Sheffielden_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, Sheffielden_US
dc.identifier.journalUrban Ecosystemsen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-01-05
dc.author.detail780504en_US


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