Citizen Naturewatch

Lead Research Organisation: Goldsmiths College
Department Name: Design

Abstract

Digital making (a.k.a. 'maker culture' or the 'making movement') has gained impetus with the increasing availability of low-cost microprocessor-based platforms, affordable 3D printers and lasercutters, and an online community sharing best practice and crowdfunding new projects. This has the potential to enhance UK manufacturing, multiply access to new products and encourage new forms of DIY. So far, however, these technologies have mainly been confined to FabLabs, Maker Faires and Hackathons, and used primarily by self-identified 'geeks' for self-motivated projects. Only a small proportion of schoolchildren have access to making activities despite wide interest because expertise and resources are lacking, and more generally these technologies remain practically inaccessible to the majority of the population.

Citizen Naturewatch will bring digital making to a new and broad UK audience by linking with the BBC's award-winning Springwatch series to produce collections of bespoke digital devices that viewers can make at home.

Springwatch, produced by the BBC Natural History Unit over an intensive three-week period, is shot live from a home base usually located in a nature reserve. The core of the show consists of footage gathered from numerous outdoor cameras that film birds and animals throughout the site, as well as footage from other locations, all strung together, enlivened and enriched with commentary from expert presenters. The devices we build will add to this content by supporting people from around the UK to collect images, sounds and data that might be used on the show. The devices will be developed in consultation with the Natural History Unit as well as other relevant expert groups, and might include systems for photographing, weighing and even identifying local birds, or for tracking foxes, watching fish, or counting hedgehogs. The aim will be to produce designs that are engaging, easy and affordable to build, and which produce content worthy of showing on Springwatch.

We will produce an initial set of designs and kits to try out with 'seed groups' including makers, students and wildlife clubs. With their help we will refine the designs for release as open-source specifications to reach the widest possible audiences. With promotion by the BBC, and easy to follow instructions including videos, we anticipate them being taken up by hackers, hobbyists, student clubs and birdwatching groups all over the UK. Over the course of two Springwatch cycles, we will develop the designs, and the publics who engage with them, as a resource that can augment Springwatch's existing content.

Springwatch is already a world-leading example of public engagement with environmental science. This project will support this mission by allowing people to gather their own environmentally-relevant data and content. In the process, we will support public engagement with new technologies as, motivated by the chance to contribute to the show, a range of students, hackers and nature lovers try out, modify and build the devices we come up with. Thus Citizen Naturewatch will serve as a powerful impetus to involve a wide public to engage in digital making activities. With the BBC helping to publicise the project, activities in schools and maker spaces, and a domain that should attract a wide variety of younger and older participants, the impact will potentially be to inspire and inform a wide range of UK citizens to engage with the latest technologies.

Planned Impact

Impact is not only an integral outcome for the Citizen Naturewatch project, but an essential mechanism for its operation. We see impacts being made across three broad groups of non-academic and commercial beneficiaries: the BBC, the digital making communities including commercial concerns, and a more general public including schools.

We expect impact on the BBC throughout the project. The impact will initially be felt within the Natural History Unit and the Springwatch series, but will spread to other areas of the company such as the Make It Digital. Given the BBC's track record for innovative change that has transformed broadcasting, we are confident that broader impact will also be felt across the television industry as our approach is shared using the BBC's networks and influence. We hope that the success of this project leads other other popular series about wildlife take up our approach of disseminating open source devices for capturing television-worthy content.

How they will benefit:
- Naturewatch devices will provide new content to the Springwatch series that will broaden their appeal to viewers. This will include the data collected, engaging examples from individual participants, and appearances by participants on the show.
- Audience participation with the devices will help the series move a broadcast model towards a more inclusive model of engagement in which citizens will provide content and also potentially change the nature of questions and content being considered.
- Content captured by the devices may be uploaded to the BBC website between Springwatch events, keeping the series 'live' throughout the year.
- The devices may be distributed via the Make It Digital campaign, benefiting that campaign with new content, Springwatch with more participants, and the organisation though greater coherence among departments.

We expect impact on digital making communities and associates commercial outlets to start about halfway through the project, once an initial collection of device designs is released.

How they will benefit:
- Naturewatch devices will provide a powerful marketing tool for workshops, classes, etc.
- The shared focus on a recognisably worthy topic will reach new communities and offer new focus for digital making activities.
- The designs may help form bridges between digital maker groups and schools.
- The designs will benefit commercial operations such as ProtoPic and Maplins with new customers for their equipment.

Finally, we expect strong impact on the publics who engage with the Springwatch series, including groups already concerned with nature and the environment, as well as secondary and possibly primary schools, with the potential of after-school clubs forming around digital making, seeded by Naturewatch kits.
How they will benefit:
- Citizens will gain greater insight into UK wildlife and environment through engagement with Naturewatch devices and associated features on Springwatch.
- They will also benefit from better awareness of ubiquitous, mobile and IoT technologies through discussions of the devices and particularly by building their own.
- Local nature organisations will benefit from the devices in their ongoing activities, including for instance using the content they collect in negotiating environmental protection at local levels.
- Schools will benefit from the potential of using Naturewatch devices both within lessons about the environment and technologies, and for afterschool activities.

We expect initial impacts to be established within the course of the project, as two tranches of kit and Springwatch programmes immediately bring the results of our research to the various publics discussed above. The benefits will continue beyond the immediate project through the people who build and modify the kits, and potentially through the BBC and other broadcasters as they adopt the link between programmes, citizen science and open source making more generally.
 
Description ||||| 2020 Entry:
Since the last report the My Naturewatch Cameras have continued to attract new makers from nonspecialist publics, indicating that well-designed self-build ICT products can achieve longevity without the need for significant resourcing (i.e., people discover them directly from our website and via social media).

In addition, through our involvement in Brompton Design Festival we demonstrated that a variety of animal "habitats" could be constructed to work with the cameras, using natural or low-tech materials such as twigs, branches, dried gourds, homemade coloured and molded seed balls, etc. These simultaneously work well to attract animals and are aesthetically pleasing and conceptually intriguing to humans, thus serving to engage the latter with environmental and technical issues.

||||| 2019 Entry:
In 2018 the My Naturewatch Camera design was released along with a project website with instructions for making it including links to component suppliers and downloadable software. The camera featured on Springwatch 2019 and about 2000 have been built (see impact).

The primary finding is that designing an arrangement that includes a device, website, and relationship with a national broadcaster can effectively circulate a self-build design to wide audiences. Other findings range from the efficacy of computer vision for triggering image capture in response to movement to the possibility of constructing robust and attractive product housings from household materials.

||||| 2018 Entry:
As the project is ongoing, our findings are partial and largely formative (e.g. embodied in designed devices and their uses). We have successfully developed well-functioning camera traps that use computer vision to detect movement and take pictures. We have also explored a wide variety of housings, most made from household items (e.g. tupperware containers, jars, buckets) to protect the electronics. The resulting devices have been tested in a wide range of settings and captured numerous pictures of birds and mammals (e.g. foxes, badgers, rats, squirrels). From the workshops we have conducted to date, we have found that the devices -- including their making -- are accessible to variety of lay audiences and work well to engage them both with the technologies and with wildlife and the environment. We are planning soon to release instructions for making the cameras via a website (see below; note that this is a beta version).
Exploitation Route The devices (currently the camera trap but soon to include others) are designed to be produced by lay people in their homes or settings such as schools, maker spaces or nature reserves. They can be (and have been) used by people to capture content about local wildlife, and are flexible for many different deployments. They have been used by the BBC Natural History Unit in promoting engagement with wildlife as part of their Springwatch series. They have also been used in schools, maker spaces and related settings to encourage engagement with digital making. Moreover, in addition to the hundreds of people building the cameras, some have used them within larger initiatives: for instance, researchers at the University of Sussex are recruiting local secondary schools to work with My Naturewatch Cameras as part of an independent project (i.e., they did not contact us before undertaking the work).

We believe the project can serve as a significant guide to researchers interested in circulating their designs as open-source products for other people to make, across a wide range of domains.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism

URL http://www.mynaturewatch.net
 
Description ||||| 2020 Entry: The My Naturewatch Cameras continue to attract new makers directly to our website and via social media. We estimate that about 2500 have been built to date, engaging people with the environment and technical making. In addition, a number of people report using the cameras in their own activities -- for instance, teachers in the UK and France have reported using them in classes, while a researcher from Sussex University is starting a second independent research project using the cameras to engage local people in a census of local birds and animals. ||||| 2019 Entry: The project has developed two self-build designs, the My Naturewatch Camera and RFID Bird Freaders, both of which appeared on Springwatch 2018. The cameras in particular were presented as a design people could make themselves at home, and due largely to the programme thousands of people visited the site with many (about 2000) making the cameras. Makers include people of all ages and levels of experience from across the UK and internationally; importantly, many had never engaged in making with technologies before. Cameras have also been distributed via a series of workshops in nature reserves, museums, schools and the BBC's STEM schools outreach events. Moreover, in addition to the hundreds of people building the cameras, some have used them within larger initiatives: for instance, researchers at the University of Sussex are recruiting local secondary schools to work with My Naturewatch Cameras as part of an independent project (i.e., they did not contact us before undertaking the work). The RFID Freaders are under development and are currently being tested in a Nottinghamshire farm by ornithologists studying tree sparrows. The project has thus made several significant kinds of non-academic impacts: - it has engaged a wide range of UK publics with digital making - it has engaged a wide range of UK publics with local wildlife - My Naturewatch Camera has been adopted in the outreach activities of cultural organisations - My Naturewatch Camera has been used to augment the curricula of schools ||||| 2018 Entry: Citizen Naturewatch is producing open-source devices to capture images and other content about wildlife. The intent is that the devices will be promoted by, and provide content for, the BBC Natural History Unit, potentially as part of its Springwatch series. To date we have successfully designed 'camera traps' that capture images triggered by motion detection algorithms. We have distributed kits for making the cameras (which can be produced using off-the-shelf parts) in a series of workshops to various schools and Wildlife Trusts, where some 5 - 10 people per site have used the cameras to capture photographs of local wildlife. This has resulted in increased engagement with wildlife, with technological making, and with wider questions of the environment.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Education,Environment
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Title My Naturewatch Camera 
Description This project has developed a novel 'camera trap' designed to capture images of local wildlife. Like commercial camera traps, it senses movement and captures images or video on the assumption this is made by animals. Most commercial camera traps, however, use IR sensors and are prone to many false alarms. My Naturewatch Camera, in contrast, uses a movement detection algorithm based on frame differencing and other techniques. This allows the thresholds for the amount of change needed to trigger capture to be set to avoid false positives when, e.g. a majority of the image changes (e.g. due to a change of lighting) or when only a small fraction varies (e.g. when a leaf blows in the wind). There are two versions of the camera. The standard one is designed to be used in daylight, while an infrared version uses a different camera and is equipped with infrared lights connected by long leads, allowing different lighting effects to be achieved. My Naturewatch Camera creates its own wifi network, allowing it to be controlled from a phone, tablet or laptop using a custom web interface. Images are stored on an internal SD card but can also be downloaded via wifi. This makes using the camera considerably more convenient than most camera traps, which only show images on screens inside the case (and thus inaccessible on set up) and storing them on SD cards which must be removed for download. The camera is designed to be open-source and is intended to be accessible to a wide variety of people to make in their local settings. Based on a Raspberry Pi microprocessor platform, it can be constructed entirely from off-the-shelf parts following instructions on www.mynaturewatch.net and using software available on the site. My Naturewatch Cameras are designed to be housed using household materials modified by their makers. For instance, a case can be constructed by drilling a hole in a Tupperware container for the lens to go through, and then mounting half a plastic bottle to serve as a weather shield. The intention is for the camera to be accessible to a wide range of publics to make at home, or in schools, maker spaces or wildlife reserves. 
Type Of Technology Physical Model/Kit 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact My Naturewatch Cameras have been deployed to a number of volunteer users at events staged in Wildlife Centres and schools (see 'Engagement Activities'. Most or all participants were able to use the cameras successfully to capture images of wildlife and in many cases used them in creative ways reflecting their knowledge of local wildlife. These activities impacted them by increasing their engagement with techological making, wildlife and environmental issues. Moreover, the cameras have been developed as part of, and helped continued motivation for, engagement with the BBC's Natural History Unit and particularly its Springwatch team. This may impact the next seasons of the Springwatch series and, through that, the audience members who engage with the project. [Note the project website is still in beta.] 
URL http://www.mynaturewatch.net
 
Description African Bird Club Annual Meeting: Exhibition Stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The MyNaturewatch team ran an exhibition stand at the 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting & AGM of The African Bird Club and invited feedback on how it might be deployed more widely and used by specific groups. Many members of the audience discussed the camera and project and took away written materials we had prepared about the research. Also during the event, the team was approached by the Director of Scientific Research at The A.P Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Nigeria and during follow-up contact sent the components for the MyNaturewatch camera to Nigeria to be made and deployed by the organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Presentation: January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Presentation of new prototypes, scenarios for use and discussions of ways forward
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC Presentation: March 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Presentation on initial ideas and direction of the project to the BBC Springwatch production team
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Presentation: May 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Presentation to the BBC as potential project partner
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Presentation: May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Presentation of workbooks and progress on project to the BBC Springwatch production team
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Visit: June 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Further presentations to the BBC as a potential project partner
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Wild Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC broadcast aimed especially at schools and young people which included a feature about the project and kits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Broadcast - BBC Springwatch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact My Naturewatch cameras were a feature on BBC's Springwatch on 11 June 2018. The segment about the project was shown to a TV audience of 1.8 million. A clip of the feature was included in the Springwatch 2018 highlights and is still available to be viewed on the BBC website. The broadcast resulted in a huge amount of interest and visits to the project website, where plans for how to make the cameras are available. To date over 2,000 people, have made the cameras. The website also hosts a forum for the lively community of people who make and use the cameras. Topics on the forum cover a wide range of subjects from technical & design modifications to images captured by the cameras people have made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p069s3wq
 
Description Designing From a Non-Human Perspective: Talk / Discussion during London Biotopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the team took part in a panel presentation and discussion about Designing From a Non-Human Perspective with reference to challenges faced during the MyNaturewatch project. The talk was open to members of the general public who raised questions and debated the issues and took follow up information about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Engaging Nature Roundtable RCA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A roundtable that brought together project members with third sector organisations involved with nature to discuss "what design can do to engage nature". This led to increased engagement with the Naturewatch project and several attendees later went on to incorporate My Naturewatch Cameras in their own events and activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Follow up to Naturewatch Cams: Railway Land Wildlife Trust, Lewes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop looking at the resulting photographs that participants had taken with the open-source camera devices they were taught how to build at a previous workshop. Discussions and suggestions that arose from the participants using the cameras they had built.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Follow up to Naturewatch Cams: Schumacher College, Totnes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshop looking at the resulting photographs that participants had taken with the open-source camera devices they were taught how to build at a previous workshop. Discussions and suggestions that arose from the participants using the cameras they had built.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Follow up to Naturewatch Cams: Sussex Wildlife Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop looking at the resulting photographs that participants had taken with the open-source camera devices they were taught how to build at a previous workshop. Discussions and suggestions that arose from the participants using the cameras they had built.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description How to make a Wildlife Camera (using a Raspberry Pi!): | Maddie Moate You Tube Channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Maddie Moate* made a detailed step by step instructional video on how to make a MyNaturewatch camera with links to the project website. From March 2019, when it went live to Feb 2020 the video has over 15k views on You Tube and has been added to the project website. Her film is aimed at a youth and family-friendly audience and has widened the scope of the project's audience.

Positive comments include: "Fantastic! Sounds like a fun Dad and daughters project this spring. Thanks Maddie!", "Fantastic video! Delighted to see nature and computers come together", " this is a great way to encourage girls into coding/making! ", "Really nice. I have similar feeders and a spare Pi so I'll give it a go.".

*Maddie Moate is a YouTube filmmaker. She is the host of the BBC's CBeebies series "Do You Know?", BBC Earth's "Earth Unplugged" and CNBC's technology series "The Cloud Challenge". One of the only family focused "Edu-tubers" in the UK, Maddie has been creating educational online science content for the past 7 years and has amassed over 25 million views on her YouTube films.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiOH5LUVkWo
 
Description Interaction Research Studio designs a pair of protective sunglasses... for puffins: Article - It's Nice That 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article written researched and written by It's Nice That, an organisation that champions creative and engaging work online, in print and through its events programmes, and reaches 2m people each month across its platforms. The article focused on the 'sunglasses' we designed to protect Puffins' eyes from UV light during an experiment on photoluminescence and were also designed to be aesthetically pleasing, which attracted attention for this article and ultimately general public engagement in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/interaction-research-studio-dean-brown-sunglasses-for-puffins-p...
 
Description Intro to Naturewatch Cams: Railway Land Trust, Lewes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshops introducing members of the public to open-source camera devices for observing nature in their local environment. Participants learned how to build a camera kit and how to deploy it in scenarios that attracted wildlife, with a view to contributing wildlife data and images to a central repository. These workshops are also a way of troubleshooting potential issues with the prototypes to inform future designs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Intro to Naturewatch Cams: Schumacher College, Totnes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshop introducing postgraduate design ecology students to open-source camera devices for observing nature in their local environment. Participants learned how to build a camera kit and how to deploy it in scenarios that attracted wildlife, with a view to contributing wildlife data and images to a central repository. These workshops are also a way of troubleshooting potential issues with the prototypes to inform future designs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Introduction to Naturewatch Cams: Sussex Wildlife Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshops introducing members of the public to open-source camera devices for observing nature in their local environment. Participants learned how to build a camera kit and how to deploy it in scenarios that attracted wildlife, with a view to contributing wildlife data and images to a central repository. These workshops are also a way of troubleshooting potential issues with the prototypes to inform future designs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Just Add Articulation: Design Research without Scientism: Keynote - DLI 2019 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speech at DLI 2019 - 4th EAI International Conference on Design, Learning & Innovation. Discussed our design-led approach to research and distinguished it from 'scientistic' ones. Described previous projects including Citizen Naturewatch as examples, leading to questions and discussion about the project as well as the overall theme. Several audience members suggested that they would look into making their own Naturewatch Cameras as a result of the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Just Add Articulation: Design Research without Scientism: Talk - Northumbria Dept of Design symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk given by PI at Northumbria University symposium, outlining our design-led approach to research and using the Citizen Naturewatch project as a case study. This led to questions and discussion afterward, and colleagues reported afterwards that these carried on after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Keynote address to Beyond the Screen (City University, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gaver delivered a keynote address to Beyond the Screen, an annual open day event hosted by City University's Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design expected to attract over 200 UX professionals and digital start-up entrepreneurs as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students and faculty. The talk outlined a design-led approach to technology research, sparked questions and discussions including inquiries about future collaboration and coverage on social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.city.ac.uk/news/2018/april/beyond-the-screen
 
Description My Naturewatch Camera Workshop @ Eleanor Palmer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Project members undertook a series of workshops with school children at a North London school. Delivering information about the project and supervising the making of the MyNaturewatch cameras. The children took these home for use in their gardens, also involving parents and their local communities. The activity initiated discussions around making, technology, nature, the environment and increased participation in these subject areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description My Naturewatch Workshop: At School Report, Bristol. November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Interaction Research Studio was the only external organisation invited to deliver workshops at this BBC STEM Careers Event as part of its School Report programme, set up to encourage children's interest in STEM subject careers. Team members assisted groups of school children to build their own My Naturewatch wildlife cameras, which they were allowed to keep and take home and use to photograph wildlife.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description My Naturewatch Workshop: At School Report, London. October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Interaction Research Studio was the only external organisation invited to deliver workshops at this BBC STEM Careers Event as part of its School Report programme, set up to encourage children's interest in STEM subject careers. Team members assisted groups of school children to build their own My Naturewatch wildlife cameras, which they were allowed to keep and take home and use to photograph wildlife.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description My Naturewatch Workshop: School Report, BBC STEM Careers Event, London. July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Interaction Research Studio was the only external organisation invited to deliver workshops at this BBC STEM Careers Event as part of its School Report programme, set up to encourage children's interest in STEM subject careers. Team members assisted groups of school children to build their own My Naturewatch wildlife cameras, which they were allowed to keep and take home and use to photograph wildlife.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description My Naturewatch Workshop: St Margaret's School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two team members conducted a workshop at St Margarets School, in which pupils made the MyNaturewatch wildlife cameras, learning skills in making and using technology. The children took home the MyNaturewatch cameras they made in the workshop and used them to take photographs, which they shared via the project's social media. Some of these images were later used by BBC's Springwatch in its feature about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MyNaturewatch Project Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The team built and run the project website which hosts information about the project, instructions on how to make and use the cameras, a gallery of images taken with the cameras, a lively forum with a community of people invested in the project, a blog and a section on further project developments. In the last 12 months the website has had over 35,000 unique visitors from all over the world and over 2,000 people have gone on to make the cameras. Members of the public also go on to post on the project's and their own social media forums. The forum hosts lively debates about a range of subjects from technical to the kind of images that have been achieved with the cameras. Complete novices to making and technology have made the cameras and learned new skills in the process, often surprising themselves and encouraging others to participate.
Update 2020: As of Feb 2020 there were 47,800 unique visitor to the website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://mynaturewatch.net/
 
Description Nature Scenes: Brompton Biotopia, London Design Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brompton Biotopia Exhibition for London Design Festival 2019. The studio was given a highly prestigious commission to design and build a series of animal habitats designed to support urban biodiversity from an animal perspective, exploring the potential applications of natural materials, based on its work with the Naturewatch project. The habitats were on view in Brompton's outdoor spaces throughout the Festival at Alexander Square Gardens East and one display continues to be shown on a plinth outside South Kensington Tube Station. Thousands of visitors came to the space during the eight days it was on. The habitats were filmed on MyNaturewatch cameras and streamed into a local pub, where visitors could watch the footage live. The studio's work for the exhibition was featured in several design publications as being one of the highlights of the London Design Festival, which hosts hundreds of events. The exhibition engaged audiences with local wildlife, ideas around self-build cameras and habitats, and prompted many to take project literature.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.londondesignfestival.com/event/brompton-biotopia
 
Description Naturewatch Exhibit at Sussex Biological Recorders Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop introducing members of the wider public to open-source camera devices for observing nature in their local environment. Participants learned how to build a camera kit and how to deploy it in scenarios that attracted wildlife, with a view to contributing wildlife data and images to a central repository. These workshops are also a way of troubleshooting potential issues with the prototypes to inform future designs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Naturewatch Exhibition: 310 NewX Rd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An exhibition presenting the MyNaturewatch cameras, including prototypes, imagery and video documenting the project so far. Leaflets were produced and made available for the public to take away information about the project, how to participate, and links to the project website, where details of how to make the MyNaturewatch cameras are available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://mynaturewatch.net/
 
Description Pimoroni Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pimoroni broadcast on You Tube, where they built My Naturewatch cameras live on air, engaging with viewers calls and email questions. This independent broadcast served to broaden engagement of the general public -- and particularly people interested in digital making -- with My Naturewatch research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK_hqLtM5M4
 
Description Planet Puffin: BBC podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In episode 2 of the BBC podcast The Puffin's Return, Jamie Dunning talks about his research into photoluminescence on puffin's bills and the Studio's involvement in designing sunglasses for puffins to facilitate his research into this phenomena. The sunglasses protect live Puffins' eyes from UV light, and were also designed to be aesthetically pleasing, which helped engage the attention of the press, and ultimately the general public, to the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0792gr3
 
Description Presentation to BBC production team: Sept 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Presentation of working prototypes with a view to inclusion on national TV wildlife programming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Puffin Poem commissioned by Disegno 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Design magazine Disegno commissioned a poem by Richard Osmond about the Puffin Sunglasses project, undertaken as an off-shoot of the Naturewatch project. The poem appeared, along with images from the project on p:161-169 of the Summer 2019 edition and its online counterpart. The poem focused on our design of 'sunglasses' to protect Puffins' eyes from UV light during an experiment on photoluminescence, which attracted attention to the project from this and other publications and ultimately the general public, and also reflected on related issues such as the self-ranking nature of the internet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.disegnodaily.com/article/puffin-poem
 
Description Thriving on Uncertainty: Keynote - Halfway to the Future Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Studio member gave the keynote speech for the Arts & Design-led Approaches session, reflecting upon his paper Ambiguity as a Resource for Design and the Naturewatch and Co-Designing Communities And Practice projects. This prompted questions and discussion as well as social media activity about the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training The Trainers Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact My Naturewatch Camera Training scheme devised to explore how the My Naturewatch camera can support the work of other organisations and enable their research and public engagement activities. Many participants subsequently pursued activities with the cameras with their own organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to BBC's Springwatch Set 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Visit to the BBC's Springwatch set to observe the production process, filming, and to discuss the possibilities of the project with a range of BBC staff including technical, production and presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Water Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An underwater camera system developed for the Naturewatch project featured in this exhibition as part of London Design Festival. The event had huge media coverage, reaching over a million people and was feature in a large variety of print and internet press. The staff members involved with the project were on hand to discuss aspects of the work and provide leaflets and information about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017