Ray Mears: Wildlife presenter admits he ‘gets bored’ watching nature programs on TV

Ray Mears recalls tracking down a snow leopard

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Esteemed woodsman Ray Mears, 57, admits he “gets bored” when watching wildlife programs, despite his love for the great outdoors. The author, who has just released his 14th book We Are Nature, claimed we all need to “rewind” and get in touch with nature ourselves, instead of watching it on the telly.

Honestly, the biggest danger is just sitting in your armchair and missing out on it all

Ray Mears

“The publisher wanted me to write about rewilding the landscape, but I feel we need to rewild people,” Ray explained in a new interview.

He believes that we’ve “forgotten” how to be at one with walking and the outdoors in general, stating that “nature is something that’s seen solely felt through the television screen”.

“I get bored when I watch wildlife programmes,” he added, despite having been behind a fair few of his own.

“Well, I like creating them,” he chuckled.

“And I appreciate the work that goes into them, and the unique view of things that the average person will never see in the flesh.”

But he points out we miss the breeze on our faces, smelling the fresh air and physically feeling things with your own hands – “the ambience and excitement of actually being there.”

Some may disagree though, with walking being the only enjoyment we have had throughout the UK’s three tedious coronavirus lockdowns.

Ray continued: “Of course, people feel more motivated about wildlife when they’ve experienced it for themselves.

“That’s one reason why it’s so important to get outdoors and into nature.”

He joked that although he’s been lucky enough to see snow leopards in the Himalayas: “It can be simply seeing a spotted flycatcher bird among the clematis in your garden or the park.”

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Ray’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

In a chapter of his latest book titled Danger, the author implies the greatest peril of all time is “missing out” on nature.

“Honestly, the biggest danger is just sitting in your armchair and missing out on it all,” he told Radio Times.

Ray’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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