This article in the Conversation (13 July 2023) reports the survey results of a large group of children. They were asked to draw a picture of their local park or garden, and to label all the animals they thought lived there. Their drawings reflected a bias towards larger more charismatic animals and birds, with less attention to invertebrates.
The author reflects on changing patterns of children’s time outdoors, and connection to nature. The role of the parent and teacher in supporting interest in hidden wildlife is also discussed.