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Ray Mears - Survival Expert

WHAT KNOT INTERESTED:

ONLY ONE IN FIVE YOUNG BRITS CAN TIE A KNOT AND HALF SAY THAT THEY CAN'T CLIMB TREES
A new survey of children released shows that when asked if they cared about the environment, more than a third (37%) said no and, incredibly, half of those (52%) said that it's because 'in the future we'll be able to live in space'.

The research by npower has unveiled that modern day youngsters are disconnected from the great outdoors, with many unable to build a camp fire (78%), put up a tent (79%) or even tie their shoe laces (45%). A shocking 10% haven't heard birdsong for six months or more and 20% haven't visited a forest or woodland in a similar amount of time.

The figures show that while young people are able to search for clips on YouTube (37%) they'd struggle to search for the local post office by reading a map (81%), and while they may be able to work a DVD player (67%) a huge 87% said they wouldn't know how to repair a puncture.

The research indicates that today's youths have lost their sense of adventure and lack skills which older generations take for granted. Worryingly around 1 in 7 youngster's thing that Badgers live in "the wind in the willows" and 1 in 10 didn't know. Nine out of ten youngsters (91%) are unable to recognise different types of butterfly and almost a tenth (7%) claims to have never seen the stars at night.

The lack of interest in the great outdoors is a worry for many parents, with more than seven in ten (77%) saying their child spends too much time watching TV or playing video games.

For your chance to win a survival masterclass with Ray Mears in the Lake District N Power are looking to find britains greenest young people, listen to the interview and find out how to enter, good luck.



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