I've just learned that a recent survey found that 13 per cent of Britons hadn’t gone for a stroll in the countryside for the past 24 months or more, with some confessing to being ‘city-bound’ for even longer. One-third also couldn’t identify a barn owl from a photo and two-thirds had no idea what a turtle dove was.
Amazingly, one-in-five of the people polled said they had never seen a toad, with one-in-seven saying they had never seen a hedgehog either. One-in-three couldn’t identify an oak tree, with three-quarters unable to pick out a hawthorn or ash tree.
The study was commissioned by Jordans Cereal on behalf of the Jordans Farm Partnership, which brings together The Wildlife Trusts, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), The Prince’s Countryside Fund and 40 British farms that grow cereals for Jordans.
Seven-in-10 Brits said they felt that they had lost touch with nature, in a poll of 2,000 Brits. Gary Cunningham, 37, of Hackney, east London, said: ‘I used to go to the countryside all the time as a kid, but in the last few years I’ve been stuck in the city. ‘It’s hard to get away, what with work and seeing friends at the weekends. ‘The last time I went away to the countryside was in 2014 when I went to Wales on a camping trip."
Source: Mail Online