One in eight young people in the UK have never seen a cow in real life, according to a survey.
While they may have spotted a cow on television, 12pc of 18 to 24-year-olds in the UK are so unfamiliar with the countryside they have never seen cattle in person. A fifth said they have never even left the city they live in (18pc).
The research also found a substantial lack of knowledge among young adults when it comes to basic fruit and vegetables.
More than half of those polled did not know strawberries are a summer fruit (54pc) and nine in ten do not know turnips are best grown in the winter.
Over half say it is more than a year since they climbed a tree (51pc), while for 29 per cent it is that long since they swam in a river.
Four in ten confess their knowledge of the countryside is ‘poor’ or ‘extremely poor’ (42pc).
Just two in ten believe their knowledge of the countryside is ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.