Seeing more species at the coast improves wellbeing: Yet another benefit of biodiversity

Seeing a larger number of species on urban coastlines — from marine animals to seaweed — is likely to improve the wellbeing of local people and visitors, new research has revealed.  The findings provide further evidence that biodiversity brings wide-ranging benefits.   Studies of land-based environments such as meadows, woodlands, and city parks have shown that people often find places that contain lots of different types of plant and animal life to be more visually pleasing and interesting, as well as more likely to relieve stress.   However, we know much less about seashore species and whether they generate the same positive feelings that land-based wildlife does, despite almost half of the world’s population living close to the coast.