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Bird and birdsong encounters improve mental health, study finds

By David Batty

27 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Research suggests visits to places with birdlife could be prescribed by doctors to improve mental wellbeing.

One swallow may not make a summer but seeing or hearing birds does improve mental wellbeing, researchers have found.

The study, led by academics from King’s College London, also found that everyday encounters with birds boosted the mood of people with depression, as well as the wider population.

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