Research Discovers Children Want to Know More About Nature

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22nd October 2012 10:30 - Education

A poll of 1,000 children aged between 7 and 14, carried out by The Co-operative, revealed that 75% of the nation’s children want to be educated more about wildlife and nature. 

Of the children questioned, over half (56%) admitted to never having been to a farm with their school, with 20% placing this at the top of the list of things they would most like to do during term time.

In addition, two out of five kids have never visited a wildlife garden with their school, whilst a third have never been taught how to properly identify different insects.  More than half claimed they have never seen a worm or a beetle in their garden at home.

Another poll carried out by The Co-operative surveyed 1,000 adults and found that two thirds are concerned about nature and habitat destruction, whilst nine out of 10 feel that it is important for schools to teach their children about wildlife.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Sustainability and Social Goals at The Co-operative, gave his view on the research: "We are lucky that our youngsters have such a tremendous appetite to learn more about green issues, wildlife and habitat conservation”.

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