‘We have to regain people’: Ray Mears urges people to experience nature firsthand

0

‘We need to’ re-naturalize people ‘: Ray Mears urges fans to experience nature firsthand and insists’ we’ve forgotten how to be outside’

Ray Mears has spoken of the public’s need to get outside and experience nature firsthand as he insists ‘we’ve forgotten how to be outside’.

The survival expert, 57, has expressed concern that nature has “become something that can only be seen on the television screen.”

Ray called for a ‘rewilding of people’ and gushed about the experience of actually being in nature.

Key message: Ray Mears, 57, has spoken of the public’s need to get outside and experience nature firsthand as he insists ‘we’ve forgotten how to be outside’

He told it Radio times: ‘I am bored when I watch nature programs. What’s missing is the breeze on your face, smelling the air, feeling things with your own hands – the atmosphere and excitement of actually being there. ‘

Ray sat down by the publication to talk about his new book, We Are Nature.

Released in February, the UK’s Woodsman’s latest release is heralded as ‘a journey of discovery through our natural world’.

A description of the book – which is Ray’s 14th – on his website reads: tells us, the Arctic, the deserts and the oceans and their countless inhabitants.

“He brings us face to face with the beings that share our planet, showing the countless ways we can learn from them.”

Wildlife expert: The survival expert, 57, has expressed concern that nature is 'something that can only be seen on the television screen'

Wildlife expert: The survival expert, 57, has expressed concern that nature is ‘something that can only be seen on the television screen’

Ray said: 'What's missing is the breeze on your face, smelling the air, feeling things with your own hands' (photo: Ray performing on This Morning last month)

Ray said: ‘What’s missing is the breeze on your face, smelling the air, feeling things with your own hands’ (photo: Ray performing on This Morning last month)

Ray, who has taught bushcraft for nearly 40 years, is on a mission to encourage the public to use their ‘eyes and ears’ more.

Out now: The full interview with Ray can be found in the latest issue of Radio Times

Out now: The full interview with Ray can be found in the latest issue of Radio Times

Last month, he told i News: “Re-developing the human mind is about rediscovering our latent abilities and reaching out to the world.

‘We all have incredible latent abilities from our distant past, but we make very little use of them.

He added, “But when we do, it pays off immensely.”

Elsewhere, Ray recently joined the search for missing teacher Darren Blyth, who hasn’t been seen for five days since Monday.

Darren, who is a teacher at Stokesley School in North Yorkshire, was last seen Wednesday evening after leaving his home at Trimdon Station around 7pm.

Ray, a friend of Darren’s family, assists the police in their search by studying the area where Darren was last seen.

Ray suggests where he might go for shelter and food, the Sunderland Echo reports.

The full interview with Ray can be found in the latest issue of Radio Times, which is out now.

Helping Hand: Elsewhere, Ray recently joined the search for missing teacher Darren Blyth, who hasn't been seen for five days on Monday

Helping Hand: Elsewhere, Ray recently joined the search for missing teacher Darren Blyth, who hasn’t been seen for five days on Monday

Experience the World: Ray, who has taught bushcraft for nearly 40 years, is on a mission to encourage the public to use their 'eyes and ears' more (pictured in 2018)

Experience the World: Ray, who has taught bushcraft for nearly 40 years, is on a mission to encourage the public to use their ‘eyes and ears’ more (pictured in 2018)

Advertisement