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Psychological Benefits of Greenspace Increase With Biodiversity

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Psychological Benefits of Greenspace Increase With Biodiversity

Richard A Fuller et al. Biol Lett.

Abstract

The world's human population is becoming concentrated into cities, giving rise to concerns that it is becoming increasingly isolated from nature. Urban public greenspaces form the arena of many people's daily contact with nature and such contact has measurable physical and psychological benefits. Here we show that these psychological benefits increase with the species richness of urban greenspaces. Moreover, we demonstrate that greenspace users can more or less accurately perceive species richness depending on the taxonomic group in question. These results indicate that successful management of urban greenspaces should emphasize biological complexity to enhance human well-being in addition to biodiversity conservation.

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Figure 1
Relationship between log plant species richness and (a) reflection, (b) distinct identity and (c) the relationship between number of habitat types present in a greenspace and reflection. See text and table 1 for explanation of units.
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Figure 2
Relationship between perceived and sampled species richness of (a) plants, (b) butterflies and (c) birds. The relationship in the plant data remains highly significant on removal of right-hand data point. See text and table 1 for explanation of units.

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