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'We need to rewild people': Ray Mears urges people to experience nature first hand

Ray Mears has spoken of the public's need to get out and experience nature first hand, as he insists 'we've forgotten how to be outdoors'.

The survival expert, 57, has expressed his concerns that nature has become 'something that's seen solely through the television screen'.

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

Important message: Ray Mears, 57, has spoken of the public's need to get out and experience nature first hand, as he insists 'we've forgotten how to be outdoors'

He told the Radio Times: 'I get bored when I watch wildlife programmes. What's missing is the breeze on your face, smelling the air, feeling things with your own hands – the ambience and excitement of actually being there.'

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

Released in February, the British woodsman's latest release is billed as 'a journey of discovery through our natural world'.

A description for the book - which is Ray's fourteenth - on his website reads: 'In We Are Nature, Ray gathers together both his incredible lived experience and extensive practical knowledge of the outdoors into a compelling and enchanting narrative, telling us stories of the forest, the Arctic, the deserts and the oceans and their myriad of inhabitants.

'He brings us face to face with the creatures who share our planet, and shows the innumerable ways we can learn from them.'

Wildlife expert: The survival expert, 57, has expressed his concerns that nature has become 'something that's seen solely through the television screen'

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

Ray, who has been teaching 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 

He told i News last month: 'Rewilding the human spirit 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 those. '

He added: 'But when we do it's massively rewarding.'

Elsewhere, Ray recently joined the search for missing teacher Darren Blyth, who has not been seen for five days as of Monday.

Darren, who is a teacher at North Yorkshire's Stokesley School, was last seen on Wednesday evening after he left his home near Trimdon Station at around 7pm.

Ray, who is a friend of Darren's family, is helping the police search by studying the area where Darren was last seen.

Ray is suggesting 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, out now.

Helping hand: Elsewhere, Ray recently joined the search for missing teacher Darren Blyth, who has not been seen for five days as of Monday

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

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