Steve Backshall: Young people know far more about eco issues than we did

The naturalist and Deadly 60 presenter explains how the thrill and danger element is part of his duty to remind viewers, by ‘stealth’, about the plight of endangered species

Young people in the UK are far more aware of the environment than their parents, believes naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall.

Brought up on a smallholding in Surrey surrounded by rescue animals,
Backshall’s wildlife education began young. “It’s all down to my Mum and Dad,” he explains. “They are themselves passionate about the outdoors and about wildlife so there was never any doubt that my sister and I were both going to have a life that was very much all about nature.”

In his 20s Backshall (now 41) traveled solo to Colombia, armed with a camera and the idea for a television series. He sold the resulting video to National Geographic, became their “adventurer in residence”, and now he is one of Britain’s favourite wildlife presenters, having fronted programmes such as The Really Wild Show, Lost Land of the Tiger and most famously, the Deadly 60 series.

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