Nature–deficit disorder is not a formal diagnosis, but a way to describe the psychological, physical and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, particularly for children in their vulnerable developing years. Richard Louv
There is a growing body of evidence that children missing out on outdoor play is a cause for concern. Possible links between lack of outdoor play and rising levels of childhood obesity, increasing levels of screen time in children and a rise in mental health issues in children have led to a number of interventions from organisations such as the National Trust, Natural England and RSPB aiming to reconnect children with nature.
The Feral Spaces project investigated how children living in disadvantaged urban areas connect with nature and what impact it can have on their well being. Our research project Exploring wild spaces and wellbeing with young people undertaken in partnership with Derby University and the Canal and River Trust shares our findings.