Norfolk residents given opportunity to experience bird therapy

Joe Harkness birding at Warham Greens. Photo: Joe Harkness, submitted

Joe Harkness birding at Warham Greens. Photo: Joe Harkness, submitted - Credit: Archant

People in mid-Norfolk will have the opportunity to learn benefits of bird watching during an upcoming bird therapy walk.

The walk will take place on March 4 in Lyng and it will be hosted by Joe Harkness, a qualified teacher who encourages people experiencing mental health difficulties to explore the countryside.

Bird therapy uses birdwatching and the outdoors to help reduce the symptoms of mental problems such as anxiety and depression.

Speaking to this newspaper in 2017, Mr Harkness, who has struggled with mental ill health, said: 'My mental health now is the best it has ever been. I am focussed and relaxed. I haven't suffered from a depressive episode for a couple of years and I am slowly coming off anti-depressant medication.

'I find the experience of being outdoors reinvigorating and uplifting.'

You may also want to watch:

To book a place on the walk call 07805255890.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus