Brits clueless about the countryside

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Found 3rd Apr 2009
A new survey has revealed how woefully ill-informed people are about the British countryside and its wildlife

Of the 3,000 people surveyed by hotel chain Travelodge, 22% could not identify a picture of a hare. One in 10 adults thought it was a deer.

A sorry 12% per cent of people identified a stag as a reindeer, and thought that reindeer were native to Britain.

Around 32% had difficulty picking out a pheasant, 42% didn't know what an otter looked like, and a whopping 83% were stumped by a picture of a common bluebell.

And most mind-boggling of them all one in 10 adults failed to correctly identify a sheep.

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If we're talking about the average Travelodge customer, it's hardly a decent cross section of the British public!

I was about to post the same thing, Travelodge is about as bad as it gets. Stayed there once, never again at any price. . .

Trickyjabs;4817790

If we're talking about the average Travelodge customer, it's hardly a … If we're talking about the average Travelodge customer, it's hardly a decent cross section of the British public!



QFT:thumbsup:

in our defence - i have never been taught about british wild animals in school, nor have i actually ever seen a stag or otter.

some of this this is out dated stuff. people seem to think we should know all this, well it is not the norm to teach it in schools. are our kids supposed to be interested when there is no chance of them spotting otter and stag when out in the countryside?

its all tricky statistics anyway,.

blackpeppa;4817841

in our defence - i have never been taught about british wild animals in … in our defence - i have never been taught about british wild animals in school, nor have i actually ever seen a stag or otter.some of this this is out dated stuff. people seem to think we should know all this, well it is not the norm to teach it in schools. are our kids supposed to be interested when there is no chance of them spotting otter and stag when out in the countryside? its all tricky statistics anyway,.



Was driving home last night and we saw a deer, I see pheasants most days (not that many at the moment but there were loads a few months back) and a rare grouse last week:thumbsup:

blackpeppa;4817841

in our defence - i have never been taught about british wild animals in … in our defence - i have never been taught about british wild animals in school, nor have i actually ever seen a stag or otter.some of this this is out dated stuff. people seem to think we should know all this, well it is not the norm to teach it in schools. are our kids supposed to be interested when there is no chance of them spotting otter and stag when out in the countryside? its all tricky statistics anyway,.



It's not the schools' fault. It's the fault of parents who don't do anything with their kids or take an actiive role in their education. And why should you have to only be interested in what you see? Part of learning is discovery and if someone's education is limited to their own surroundings they won't amount to much will they?

Leila70;4819750

It's not the schools' fault. It's the fault of parents who don't do … It's not the schools' fault. It's the fault of parents who don't do anything with their kids or take an actiive role in their education. And why should you have to only be interested in what you see? Part of learning is discovery and if someone's education is limited to their own surroundings they won't amount to much will they?



To be fair to blackpeppa, it is pretty useless knowledge to have. Unless you plan to be a freaky survivalist or something.

Yeah but we use very little of what we learn at school but it's about developing minds and if we don't spark interests of all sorts in kids at that age how on earth would they ever decide what they want to study further or become in life

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Ah, but would anyone of identified the hoards of parakeets that currently reside in my back garden (and neighbouring areas)?
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