Explaining Emotional Attachment to a Protected Area by Visitors' Perceived Importance of Seeing Wildlife, Behavioral Connections with Nature and Sociodemographics

Akke Folmer, Tialda Haartsen, Paulus P.P. Huigen

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Recently, the interest in understanding emotional bonds with protected nature areas has been growing. The role of wildlife in emotional bonds with places has until now not been the focus of many studies. The aim of our paper is to explore relations between the perceived importance of seeing wildlife and emotional attachment to a protected nature area, the Dutch Wadden Sea Area. We investigate to what extent this relation is driven by visitors’ behavioral connections with nature and sociodemographic characteristics. Results of our survey (N = 211) reveal that the perceived importance of seeing birds matters directly in emotional attachment, while the contributions of the perceived importance of seeing seals and small marine wildlife are driven by behavioral connections with nature. Furthermore, behavioral connections with nature contribute strongly to emotional attachment and steer relations between the perceived importance of seeing wildlife and emotional attachment to the Wadden Sea Area.
Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer3
Pagina's (van-tot)435-449
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume18
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
DOI's
StatusPublished - 24-okt-2013

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