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by Caroline Offord from the RSPB

Do you remember the feel of sand in your toes, the darkness of a cave as you looked for bears or the thrill of climbing your first tree?

To many people it would seem obvious that having access to play, learning outdoors and exploring the world around you is an essential part of childhood.

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Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. Image removed.

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Smartphone addicts are more anxious and have lower self-esteem than nature lovers, new research by the University of Derby has revealed. A team of researchers carried out a survey to study people’s phone use and their connection to nature.

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