As many as three in four of the 2,000 adults polled would only feel confident identifying more common birds, like pigeons, over rarer garden varieties.
With 58 per cent able to correctly point out a robin – but only because of its distinctive red breast.
A further 55 per cent don’t know if there’s any difference between a moth and a butterfly, and a quarter didn’t know a caterpillar will eventually transform into a butterfly.
More than one in 10 have ‘no idea’ whether their garden is particularly geared up for biodiversity, with 62 per cent wishing they had learned more about nature and wildlife as a child.
However, it’s not all bad – as 16 per cent of parents believe their kids know far more about nature than them, with 53 per cent of these grateful for wildlife programmes on the TV.
A spokesperson for housebuilder Redrow, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s vital to have at least a little understanding of what’s happening in our gardens.
“The more we learn and understand, the more we can help the wildlife around us thrive.
“It’s so important to make your garden or any outdoor space you have a welcoming environment for wildlife, whether that’s growing more flowers for bugs and insects or creating homes and feeding birds.”
Redrow – Families can collect free nature kits from specific Redrow sites to learn about the wildlife in their garden
Creating space for biodiversity
The study also found 66 per cent of mums and dads have schools to thank for educating their youngsters on the natural environment.
While half claim influences of people like Greta Thunberg have helped their children understand and learn more, with 47 per cent also saying social media plays a big part.
It also emerged 14 per cent of adults can’t tell the difference between a magpie and a blackbird, and

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