Friday, August 01, 2008

Nature's Way of Telling You Something's Wrong

This is not a cat

Children have lost touch with the natural world and are unable to identify common animals and plants, according to a survey.

Half of youngsters aged nine to 11 were unable to identify a daddy-long-legs, oak tree, blue tit or bluebell, in the poll by BBC Wildlife Magazine. The study also found that playing in the countryside was children's least popular way of spending their spare time, and that they would rather see friends or play on their computer than go for a walk or play outdoors.

The survey asked 700 children to identify pictured flora and fauna. Just over half could name bluebells, 54 per cent knew what blue tits were and 45 per cent could identify an oak. Less than two-thirds (62 per cent) identified frogs and 12 per cent knew what a primrose was.


MT said...

I question their methodology. If somebody asked me at 11 what a "blue tit" was I'd be useless for the rest of the exam. Seriously, what were they thinking?

helmut said...

Agreed. It still makes me giggle.