We value research as a key component of our work, because research helps us to develop our understanding and knowledge, so that we can then strive for best practice.
Research topics of interest include:
- Research to see if our work is beneficial to local biodiversity or otherwise
- Research into potential social and health benefits gained by people participating in Wild Work projects
- Research to find solutions for invasive species control in community settings
- Research on recreation topics such as“Dogs in the Outdoors”
Wild Work, Climate Change and Amenity Grassland Management
Wild Work, Climate Change and Amenity Grassland Management is a report resulting from a student project conducted by Rachel Hayden during a structured learning placement with Wild Work as part of a Masters in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology at Queens University Belfast. How we manage our landscape is a significant factor in terms of climate change, and as such, Wild Work wants to learn more about the climate change impacts associated with biodiversity-friendly approaches to grassland management.
The GROW Survey
The GROW survey has been developed in collaboration with the School of Applied Psychology in UCC, and is designed as a survey for people in the workplace.
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To fully understand the motivational factors, the survey contains questions that relate to: environmental awareness; attitudes to nature in general; physical health; cognitive health; and psychological behaviour. The data gathered will help us shed light on how nature contact impacts differently on people with different profiles and in turn will help inform decisions on how best to motivate people to engage regularly with nature.
If your business or workplace is interested in taking part in this survey, please contact us.
Community and University Biodiversity Action (CUBA) Project
The CUBA project is a partnership of University College Cork, SECAD Partnership and the Cork communities of Carrigtwohill and Passage West. In time, additional communities across the region will become involved.
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NEAR Health Project
Wild Work was involved with the Nature and Environment to Attain and Restore health, or the NEAR Health Project for short, which aimed to connect people with blue and green nature spaces. The overall aim was to design and pilot inclusive nature-based solutions to assist communities value a healthy environment, maintain healthy lifestyles and promote and restore well-being.
Wild Work have had an important involvement in this project and continue to be very interested and active in this area.