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‘In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks’ John Muir

Spending time outside and around wildlife has so many benefits for mind, body and soul

Over 70,000 species of plants, animals and fungi are currently found in the UK, encompassing a multitude of sentient beings deserving of free, painless and fulfilling lives. We must protect the UK’s flora and fauna because it is not ours to destroy, and because we have a responsibility to repair the damage that we have already, so ungraciously, caused. The depletion of our native wildlife not only shows a lack of respect for innocent creatures and a selfish desire to dominate our country and do with the environment as we see fit, but it also demonstrates a mass disconnect to nature — after a millennia of humans evolving, growing, and thriving in and alongside it.

Nature provides us with life-giving resources like water, food and oxygen, but also many other benefits, meaning it’s more important than ever that we strive to protect and reconnect to it.

What are some of the benefits of being in nature?

Improved mental wellbeing

Spending time in nature has long been known to help control stress levels, fight depression, and bring about good mental health, and there is lots of research that backs this up. Niels Eék, psychologist and co-founder of mental wellbeing and selfdevelopment platform, Remente ( explains: “Several researchers have looked into the health benefits connected to spending time out in nature. One study specifically, which was recently published in BioScience Journal, found that daily exposure to nature can, among other things, help reduce feelings of stress and even improve your self-esteem, for up to seven hours.”

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our jam-packed July issue. It’s always around this time of year that our staff get a bit thin on the ground, as we all head off on our summer holidays. We’ve had team members head to Ibiza, Madrid and Bali, armed with lists and recommendations, all seeking sun, sea and delicious vegan food. So to make sure you have your best summer yet, we’ve rounded up our top holiday suggestions (p42), got your sun care (p44) and snacks covered (p48) and Will Rankin has some brilliant travel hacks guaranteed to make your trip runs smoothly (p50). Closer to home, we have taken an in-depth look at the state of British wildlife (p106). I can remember, as a girl, walking through woods and seeing a huge array of animals — moles poking their heads out of mounds, timid rabbits darting back to their burrows and ponds lined with frogs. A walk through the countryside, sadly, can feel very different now — our wildlife is in serious and rapid decline with 11 per cent of our woodland species threatened with extinction. We uncover the issues affecting British nature and talk with those trying to save it. I’m also really excited to introduce our hilarious new columnist Claire Thrift (p58), who tells us about how her family are winning this BBQ season. Have a great month

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