Wildlife: Kids struggle to name UK plants and animals

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Kids are struggling to identify British wildlife and plants, according to a new survey.

Research from activity app Hoop revealed that, when shown pictures of iconic British animals and plants, a lot of children were unsure of their correct names.

So do you know your bees from your badgers? See how you get on in the quiz below. (If you can't see the quiz, click here.)

More than one in four parents say that their children have little or no interest in the natural world, with around one in three mums and dads saying that screen time gets in the way of what's being described as 'green time'.

Kids seem to be less interested in nature as they get older.

Around one in five (19%) of those aged 5 to 10 years old had little interest in the natural world, compared to 34% of children aged 11 to 16.

The survey of 1,000 children found that children spent a combined total of over five and half hours a day watching TV, using phones or gaming, compared to just an hour and a half outside with nature.

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken about the benefits of children spending time in nature, saying: "Spending time in nature can help children grow up to become happy, healthy adults.

"The great outdoors provides an open playground for children to have fun and learn life-long skills - from balance and coordination to empathy and creativity - with their friends, their parents, their carers or their family members."

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