“It worries me like mad,” says the veteran presenter, pointing to the fact that the increasing population and pressures on schools mean that their open spaces are getting eaten up by more and more buildings.
“The Government says primary schools has to increase [so there are] more kids and larger classes, and the progress that we’ve made in converting playgrounds into nature places is now being reversed because people are having to build places to accommodate the children.
“Every child I’ve ever met is fascinated by the natural world. I remember taking a five-year-old out into a meadow in Oxfordshire and he lifted up a stone on the ground and said, ‘Oooh, look Uncle David, a slug. What a treasure!’ And of course, he’s right. Kids are fascinated by the natural world and as life goes on, there’s other things to interest kids and so there’s less space for the natural world.”
David Attenborough will present more Natural Curiosities on Watch from February 2 at 9pm
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.