Research is a key component of Wild Work, helping us to develop our understanding and knowledge, so that we can then strive for best practice.
Research topics of interest include:
- The ways in which Wild Work is beneficial to local biodiversity.
- Potential social and health benefits gained by people participating in Wild Work projects.
- Solutions for invasive species control in community settings.
- 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 & 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.
It is well known that nature is good for people’s well-being. However, people can only benefit from nature if they engage with it. The research aims to determine the factors which motivate people to engage with nature. In so doing, the research will prove very useful to the wider Wild Work community of businesses and community based organisations, who are actively trying to find ways to help people, help nature, help people.
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.
The initiative represents a pioneering effort to bring community and university expertise together to address Ireland’s biodiversity crisis. The project takes a Community Based Biodiversity Management approach, where local community expertise works together with academia in a collaborative manner to build capacity within community and university to address biodiversity. The objective of the project is to enable local citizen action on biodiversity in a way that is participatory and empowers local communities to manage biodiversity for social, economic, and environmental benefits.
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.