Notice your health and wellbeing

Does spending time in nature make you feel better? Research shows that being mindful of positive, wondrous, or beautiful things in nature helps us feel more connected with the natural world and improves our overall health and wellbeing.

It’s easy to connect with nature every day. Visit your local park, explore a tiny patch of nature in your suburb, or stroll along your local streets. Take notice of the plants, animals and natural features around you.

Seen a lovely bloom on your daily walk? Snap a photo and share it with us using #NoticeNature

Image by Darren Clements.

Notice native species

Urban green spaces in our cities provide food and shelter for a whole range of native plants and animals. Keeping nature thriving in our cities contributes to resilient ecosystems for all living things.

For instance, did you know that the Inner West of Sydney is home to over 160 species of birds? Other threatened species in Sydney include the Long-nosed Bandicoot, the Grey-headed Flying Fox, and the iconic Koala.

If you spot any wildlife when you’re out and about, take a pic and add the hashtag #NoticeNature to raise awareness of these critters we share the city with.

Notice urban heat

Have you noticed summers getting hotter? Climate change has led to average summer temperatures rising across our cities. But there is a simple way to make sure urban heat stays under control – trees!

The more trees in your suburb, the cooler it is. In fact, the temperature on the ground can be up to 6 degrees cooler when there’s enough trees around.

Take some time to #NoticeNature and share the love for trees in your suburb.

Image by Dmitry Osipenko.

Nature in Cities is Greening Australia’s national initiative to enhance nature and its benefits to people in Australia’s cities and suburbs. We are working with communities, businesses and governments to create restored, reconnected and resilient urban habitats across Australia.

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