Wildlife-shy Brits can’t identify most birds or insects in their garden

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Wildlife-shy Brits admit they can’t identify most birds or insects in their gardens – apart from pigeons, robins and bees, research shows.

As many as three in four of the 2,000 adults surveyed would only feel confident identifying more common birds, such as pigeons, rather than rarer garden varieties.

Nearly six in ten (58%) are able to correctly name a robin, but only because of its characteristic red chest.

A further 55% don’t know if there is a difference between a moth and a butterfly, and a quarter don’t know that a caterpillar will eventually turn into a butterfly.

And more than one in ten have ‘no idea’ if their garden is particularly biodiversity-friendly, with 62% wishing they had learned more about nature and wildlife as children.

However, it’s not all bad, as 16% of parents think their kids know a lot more about nature than they do, and more than half (53%) are grateful for wildlife shows. on the television.



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A spokesperson for homebuilder Redrow, who commissioned the research, said: “It is essential to have at least some understanding of what is happening in our gardens.

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“The more we learn and understand, the more we can help the wildlife around us thrive.

“It’s so important to make your garden or any outdoor space a welcoming environment for wildlife – whether it’s growing more flowers for insects and bugs, or creating homes and feeding the birds.”

The study also found that two-thirds (66%) of moms and dads have schools to thank for educating their children about the natural environment.

And half say the influences of people like Greta Thunberg have helped their children understand and learn more, while 47% also say social media plays an important role.

It also emerged that 14% of adults cannot tell the difference between a magpie and a blackbird, and more than four in ten are confused when it comes to distinguishing between a marigold and a petunia.

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The typical adult can identify about six common garden birds and six regular garden insects.

Yet more than three-quarters (78%) can’t tell the difference between all types of bees and wasps, and only a quarter knew that only the bee dies once it stings you.

But, despite this lack of education, three in ten respondents let their lawns and gardens grow wild to help foster biodiversity.



Families can pick up free nature kits from specific Redrow sites to learn about wildlife in their backyard
Families can pick up free nature kits from specific Redrow sites to learn about wildlife in their backyard

And more than two-thirds (67%) say their garden provides a welcome space for bees and other pollinators.

However, eight in ten would still like to make changes to their garden space to make it more sustainable, including growing their own food like fruits and vegetables.

Other changes people would make include composting their own waste, creating a “wild” area, and installing a water tank.

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The study, conducted via OnePoll, found that 80% agree that having access to open spaces and nature is good for their happiness and well-being.

Redrow’s spokesperson added: “Although people may not always understand or be able to identify what is in their garden, it is good to see that many are still trying to do what they can to create an inviting outdoor space for them.

“It just takes small, simple changes, and you don’t need a huge space to do these things either.

“Besides the environmental benefits, it’s no surprise to hear about the benefits of spending time outdoors on our well-being, which is another reason why we’ve launched ‘School of Nature’ sessions. nature “in a host of our developments.”

Redrow’s biodiversity strategy, which was created in partnership with The Wildlife Trust, seeks to place the natural environment at the heart of its developments and the lives of the people who live there – including a net gain approach to biodiversity .

For more details on how to embrace nature in your garden, visit here.

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