Holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com is encouraging people to take a UK safari this summer after it was revealed that 82% of the nation has a clear lack of knowledge when it comes to native wildlife and where to spot it.
A survey by Snaptrip.com discovered that more than three quarters (78%) of Brits were unaware that you could spot an orca (killer whale), 77% didn’t know you can see a humpback whale, and 40% of people didn’t realise you could spot sharks, despite at least 11 different species being found locally.
Further research found that when quizzed, only 7% correctly identified coati as an animal that can be spotted right here in the UK, and only 17% knew you could see the Aussie favourite, the wallaby. The sand lizard, one of the UK’s rarest reptiles, is also slithering under the radar with 74% of people not identifying it as a UK native.
Only 13% can boast to have seen a golden eagle and just 18% have been fortunate enough to spot a dolphin. Despite 67% of UK adults knowing you can see a puffin, only 18% have actually seen one for themselves.
Although owls and red squirrels have been spotted by over 50% of Brits, hedgehogs are yet to be seen by a third (32%) of the UK, with the least spotted animals the killer and humpback whale.
Out of 20 rare UK animals, Brits would most like to see:
- Killer whale (39%)
- Dolphin (35%)
- Golden eagle (34%)
- Humpback whale (31%)
- Red squirrel (18%)
Richard Harrington, Head of Communications at the Marine Conservation Society, said: “UK wildlife is captivating and fascinating, and rivals anything you can find in other parts of the world. It is really worth planning your holidays to coincide with opportunities to see animals in their natural habitat. For example the humpback whale, though rare, can be found to the west of the UK in spring and autumn. Bottlenose dolphins can be found year round – you just need to be in the know about where to go!
“Your best bet to spot any marine life is from a boat, but they can be spotted from high above too. Prominent headlands like Flamborough on the Yorkshire coast, Cape Cornwall and Lleyn Peninsula as well as islands such as Ramsey in Pembrokeshire are a great way to see dolphins and whales from dry land.”