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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chubsta Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 9:49am
Unfortunately it seems to be a common theme these days, you never really see kids just messing around in the countryside. Between 3 and 10 I lived on the Isle of Wight and it seems like we spent all our lives outside, either playing football, war, or just playing in the woods. Moving to the West Country for the next 7 years we were surrounded by farmland and woods, or would get dropped off for a days fishing on a local stream. Wherever we were though, nature was there, in fact the biggest thing I notice now is the almost total lack of bugs, beetles and butterflies flying around compared to those days, even car windscreens never seem to get moths splattered on them.

Unfortunately I would have to blame technology, why would a child run around pretending to fire a gun made from an old stick when they can be sat indoors on the latest Call of Duty game, and socialising with friends seems to involve messaging on Snapchat rather than actually knocking on someones door and asking if they want to play-out.

Im sure most generations think they had the best childhood but I really do think those of us that grew up in the 70's had the very best, money was still short but for most living conditions had improved and there was just a sense of freedom that I don't think kids these days really understand, our lives were outdoors whereas theirs seem to be indoors.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GemmaJF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2018 at 6:32pm
Glad the pictures are back, really enjoying them! Was another that grew up being outdoors whenever I could I would be outside. No doubt how I got interested in fauna and flora just being out there with it. Don't know if anyone else has posted about this, found this article really sad:


It's a long list of words that were dropped including Adder and Newt as they are apparently not so relevant to children now as words like 'broadband', 'chat room' and 'cut-and-paste'. Full list of words in the link.



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How depressing. I find it the cruelest irony that at this time when wildlife is threatened almost everywhere you look and in more need of urgent help than ever, interest in it is arguably at an all time low - and especially among the all-important younger generations.
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