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PremierLeague-News.Com - The TV adventurer talks to i as he launches a new campaign to encourage Britons to plant wildflowers wherever they can

Uk News 'I'm terrified of overseas travel at the moment', says Steve Backshall United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The TV adventurer talks to i as he launches a new campaign to encourage Britons to plant wildflowers wherever they can

Uk News  'I'm terrified of overseas travel at the moment', says Steve Backshall United Kingdom news
06 April 2021 - 23:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Steve Backshall has visited more than 100 countries in an adventure-filled life that has seen him tickling hippos in South Africa and swimming with sharks off the coast of Hawaii.But he’s found travelling abroad during the pandemic to be a truly terrifying experience and urges Britons to think very carefully about overseas trips once travel restrictions are eased.Boris Johnson has said he’s hopeful international travel rules could start being relaxed on May 17 and an announcement on the matter is expected later in the week.Green Shoots: i's Guide to Helping the Planet in your Everyday LifeEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Any changes are likely to prompt a stampede of overseas trips but, after the holidaymakers return, Backshall is doubtful many would want to repeat the experience in the foreseeable future.“I can say from my personal experience that it’s really scary. It’s the one time that I have properly felt like we are in a pandemic and we are at serious risk,” he told i.“The second people get the go-ahead, they will say ‘yeah, I can’t wait to get back on a plane and go to Ibiza’. They’ll do it once but they won’t do it again. It’s horrible.”“You really do feel like you’re in a seriously threatened situation and I think that people are going to  go to an airport, feel really scared and then think ‘actually, I’d far rather nip down the road to Barnard Castle,” said Backshall, referring to the County Durham tourist attraction where Dominic Cummings famously took his ‘eye test’ last year before driving home to London.Since Covid struck, Backshall has travelled – in compliance with government guidelines – to Gabon, in central Africa, Costa Rica-administered Cocus Island and Kamchatka in the Far East of Russia.Although he hasn’t travelled to Europe during the pandemic he is certain a trip to the continent would also prove a scary experience.“The whole business of flying is scary. I’m now used to being in my house with my family and sometimes it feels a little bit nervy even going to the supermarket.”“And all of a sudden, you’re sat on a plane right next to a stranger and surrounded by other strangers in a completely sealed box and most of the time they wear their masks – although they certainly didn’t on the Russian flight. Then they serve food and drink and everyone takes their masks off and they’re sat right next to you and you’re kind of ‘urrgh’.“And that’s not even the worst bit. The airport in Russia and was an absolute free for all – and when we rocked up to the airports in Gabon everyone’s wearing hazmat suits from head to toe – then all of a sudden it does feel very frightening,” he said. Read More Steve Backshall on life in the UK: ‘We have natural beauty, education, security — we have it better than anywhere’ Steve Backshall reckons we spend far too much time indoors staring at screens when we should be out and about in nature – like we used to before the industrial revolution.“I would say we live more indoor lifestyles as a society now even than when I was a kid. We are definitely being enticed inside ever more and I think it’s to our general detriment,” said the 47-year old adventurer.“It’s not so long ago that we were wildlife.

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. And then really it’s only been a couple of hundred years that we’ve been animals that spend the majority of time indoors.“If you look around at other animals that we’re closely related to, biologically they’re very similar to us in many ways. We all need the outdoors, sunlight, motion, action, energy and a connection to our environment to be happy. We need companionship, we need clean air to breath and clean water to drink.”The Let’s Bring Back Nature CampaignSteve Backshall is calling on households to ‘rewild’ their gardens, doorsteps and windowsills as he launches a campaign to plant 20 million square feet of native wildflower habitats in the UK over the next three years.The country has lost 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s to development, intensive farming and pesticides, removing a major food source for bees and other pollinators. Backshall is urging households to do their bit to restore some of that “even if that’s using just 1 square foot, turning a corner of their garden, windowsill, or doorstep into a wildflower haven where these species can thrive once again”.“If people can rewild our back gardens – seeing it as not just as a picture of neat perfection but a potential home for little wild things – it could be one of the most significant steps we can take towards a better, greener Britain,” he said.The Let’s Bring Nature Back campaign he is fronting has been set up by WWF and Botanica by Air Wick, a brand of fragrances made from natural ingredients, that will be offering free wildflower seeds as part of the initiative.It recommends Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Butterfly, Moss Carder Bee, Black Oil Beetle, Meadow Clary and Man Orchid as particularly beneficial wildflowers.Why we need to get out moreSteve Backshall reckons we spend far too much time indoors staring at screens when we should be out and about in nature – like we used to before the industrial revolution.“I would say we live more indoor lifestyles as a society now even than when I was a kid. We are definitely being enticed inside ever more and I think it’s to our general detriment,” said the 47-year old adventurer.“It’s not so long ago that we were wildlife. Only six million years ago we shared a common ancestor with chimpanzees and it’s only several hundreds of thousands of  years that our species has existed at all. And then really it’s only been a couple of hundred years that we’ve been animals that spend the majority of time indoors.“If you look around at other animals that we’re closely related to, biologically they’re very similar to us in many ways. We all need the outdoors, sunlight, motion, action, energy and a connection to our environment to be happy. We need companionship, we need clean air to breath and clean water to drink.”Steve Backshall is launching “Let’s Bring Nature Back”, an initiative from Botanica by Air Wick and WWF to restore over 20 million sq. ft of UK native wildflower habitats.

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