Naturehood is a community science research project.
Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.
You are free to decide whether or not to take part and may withdraw from Naturehood at any time.
Private green spaces (e.g. gardens, balconies, and other outdoor spaces, which we term ‘Naturespaces’) present a key opportunity to help reverse the persistent decline in UK wildlife. However, due to their inaccessibility, we know very little about their suitability for wildlife and how we can improve them. That’s why we need your help. By completing surveys and doing Naturehood actions (such as putting in a nest box or stopping using pesticides) in your Naturespace you will help us understand:
This will help us to make recommendations to other communities, businesses and government to effect positive environmental change both for people and wildlife.
We need to know where your Naturespace is, what’s in your Naturespace, what benefits you get from your Naturespace, and what motivates you to manage your Naturespace for wildlife. We will do this through short surveys (including Naturespace biodiversity and action surveys) and looking at how engagement with the social and engagement aspects of the platform drive action. You will be asked to repeat certain surveys multiple times (e.g. Naturespace action logs) to give us an overview of how Naturespaces change over time and the response of wildlife to these changes. Other surveys (e.g. the Me and My Naturespace survey) will be one-offs.
You can also become more involved in Naturehood, such as by becoming a street rep or leading your own Naturehood community.
There is no planned end date for Naturehood. Your level and length of involvement is entirely up to you. You will be given an estimation of the time involved in performing a survey at the start of each survey.
There are payment options on the site but no payment is required to be a Naturehood participant. Incentives may be offered to participate in Naturehood e.g. competition, discount to wildlife store etc. These incentives will always be appropriate to the time involved and will never be cash.
Naturehood is a programme operated by Earthwatch Europe.
The researchers overseeing the project (at the time of signing) are:
Risks of involvement
Any activity has possible risks associated with it. The activities in Naturehood may cause all, some, or none of the risks listed. Unknown or unexpected risks may also occur.
Participation in Naturehood is at your own risk.
How we will capture, manage and use your data
Taking part in this study will involve collecting private information about you. Data sources are: surveys (performed online or on paper), interviews, and text, photos and videos shared on Naturehood discussion boards.
This information will be protected in the following ways:
Data is intended to inform environmental management advice, policy, and engagement practices. As such:
Information about you will be combined with information from other people taking part in Naturehood. We will write about the combined data we have gathered. Outputs from this study will not identify you unless we ask and obtain your permission.
Upon withdrawing from Naturehood, if you have not requested to be forgotten, we may re-contact you to request your participation in follow-up Naturehood studies or other Earthwatch programmes.
You have the right to:
Please note that these rights are not exercisable in all circumstances e.g. personal data may not have to be erased if it is needed in the interests of public health, or to support legal claims, compliance and scientific or historical research.
Participants will be informed before such action is taken.
If you have questions about your rights as a Naturehood participant, or you want to make sure this is a valid study, you may contact the Earthwatch Ethics Committee. The Earthwatch Ethics Committee is comprised of internal and external members of staff and all projects are assessed by members not associated with the project. This is the Committee that is responsible for overseeing the safety of all Naturehood participants.
By signing up to Naturehood I agree to the following.
Taking part in the study
Use of my data in the study
Reuse of my data
Security of my data
I give permission for data gathered during this project to be used, copied, excerpted, annotated, displayed and distributed for the purposes to which I have consented.