Ray Mears has said he thinks some nature programmes create a false sense of danger to make them more entertaining.
The TV survival expert drew a line between what he does in showing off the realities of the natural world, and shows that are more sensationalist.
He said: “I’m a great believer in television as a medium for communication. I think what Bear Grylls does is entertaining and I have no issue with that, but there are lots of documentaries coming up which create a false sense of jeopardy within the programmes for entertainment’s sake.
“I try to bring people and nature closer together. In the digital age, it’s more important now than ever before.”
Ray said he hoped more people would understand their role in nature: “It’s easy to sit in a concrete building behind a computer screen and not realise that you’re still dependent on nature, that you are an animal, a part of nature, and that your actions on a daily basis influence the natural world that surrounds you.”
But adventurer Ray said his success had come at a price and that he could no longer live a private life.
He said: “That’s the price you pay. People come into bushcraft now because they want to make money, or because it’s going to be a neat experience. What they don’t understand is the massive cost, in that you lose your anonymity. But for me, it was worth paying that price because I believe in what I do, and want to bring it to a wider audience.
“I hadn’t realised how widely it would take off and that the programmes would be shown worldwide.”
Ray has a new book on sale, My Outdoor Life, published by Hodder & Stoughton.