January 9, 2013 Latest News No Comments

Recent research into people’s connection with nature, such as

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Photo © Wildlife Queensland

the extinction of experience, the nature deficit disorder and the biophilia hypothesis suggests that having a sense of connection to/with nature is of great importance for human wellbeing and conservation values.

A greater than ever proportion of the population are living in cities, isolated from places traditionally thought of as sites of nature that might inspire a sense of connection and conservation values. Can urban dwellers create a connection with nature, and develop environmental and conservation values? Do they seek out a connection with nature in their daily life?

Griffith University PhD candidate, Renee Chapman, asks these questions and others. Her project argues that wildlife feeding, particularly bird feeding, can shed some light on these questions.

As a popular practice in urban spaces, streets, parks, decks and backyards, wildlife feeding presents an interesting example of the human/wildlife interface in an urban landscape. It further explores the theory around the human/nature connection, examines the implications for people’s conservation values, and explores the methodology employed in seeking to understand the practice and patterns of feeding, its meaning for participants, and its impact on their connections with nature.

This project will also be undertaken on an international scale with data being collected in both Australia and the United Kingdom that will allow for international comparisons on wildlife feeding attitudes and behaviour.

To help with this research, please help answer a few questions in this survey.

If anyone has any questions or would like any further information, please email Renee.

For more information on Wildlife Queensland’s activities, call us on +61 7 3221 0194 or send us anemail.

Written by Wildlifeqld