Citizen Nature Watch

Lead Research Organisation: Royal College of Art
Department Name: School of 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.
 
Title Lewes Depot Film 
Description Attendees of an earlier workshop created a trailer of their work for the Cinema. These captured images will be played before every film for 2 weeks over the Easter break. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This will reach families and all attendees of the Cinema over Easter 2019 period, reaching fresh audiences that have not engaged with the project from not expert, non academic audiences. 
URL https://lewesdepot.org/
 
Title Training The Trainers/Design Museum Film 
Description Short film created as a collaboration between Citizen Naturewatch, The Design Museum and Mind The Film. Documenting the experiences and impact of the Training The Trainers project on the participants. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Video is due to be released 3/2/20 
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/bmu0x92et0a270g/mynaturewatch.mov?dl=0
 
Description At the moment the work is still in progress as it is due to launch in "spring" with a larger audience due to our original timeline.
Exploitation Route The nature of the project is that it is public, open and will be downloadable. So there will be plenty of opportunity for Academic, expert, lay user and distributed use. Some aspects that are foreseen and some that are open to serendipity.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism

 
Description The Citizen Nature Watch project endeavours in encouraging engagement with surrounding nature through accessible technologies. The project is a collaboration between Goldsmiths Interaction Research Studio and The Royal College of Art, Design Products Programme. Dr Philips' research and practice in the field of open design and public participation in making informed the development and exploitation of a DIY camera trap toolkit. This how-to guide has been widely downloaded or shared in face-to-face workshops, and the use of the resulting cameras, facilitated by Phillips' approach, has had a transformative impact on users' understanding and attitudes to nature and biodiversity, resulting in new pro-biodiversity behaviours. The engagement work led by Dr Phillips around these toolkits has also influenced the ongoing public participation and learning activities of organisations including the: Design Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Wildlife Trusts, Durrell Trust and more. The resulting impact increased participants engagement within the natural world and self-constructed technology agency over their surrounding environment on the My Naturewatch project (NW). This how-to guide has been widely downloaded or shared in face-to-face workshops, and the use of the resulting cameras has had a transformative impact on users' understanding and attitudes to nature and biodiversity, resulting in new pro-environmental behaviours. The engagement work led by Dr Phillips around these toolkits has also influenced partner organisations' ongoing public participation and learning activities. As open technology the kits have a life we can never fully know however, the project has been: downloaded 4,000 times, estimated at least? 3,000 cameras constructed (that we know of), 24 workshops (run by the research team) with another 15 sessions run (independently of research team) by conservation, civic or cultural institution/organisations (that we know of). Known audiences engaged have included: old aged pensioners, teenagers, school children, citizen scientists, museum volunteers, museum directors, families, museum visitors, conservation experts, technology experts, technology novices, bird watchers, online audiences, cinema goers, conservation projects, communities, MP's, Animal Hospitals, cultural institutions, infant schools, broadcasters, social media audiences, NGO's, school governors and more. We reached new audiences through a tv broadcast reaching 2 million viewers (live) with unknown quantities through iPlayer and online. The My NatureWatch project used an open access, affordable DIY camera trap kit to engage diverse audiences and organisations with a combination of technology and nature. The impact from provision of the camera combined with scalable workshops and train the trainer events, increased participants engagement, learning and participation within the natural world and agency to use technology to engage with their surrounding environment. Participants were ages 6 - 83 with diverse backgrounds, from technophobes to techno geeks, wildlife activists to novices. Engagement work using these toolkits has also influenced partner organisations' ongoing public participation and learning activities. The My NatureWatch Camera toolkit and workshops have fostered continual benefit in major national and local organisations by incorporating the distinctive Open Design approach with public participation in the practice of ecology and conservation. Open technologies have their own life, however data shows that instructions have been downloaded at least 4,000 times with 3,500 cameras constructed, calculated from data provided by the main (but not exclusive) suppliers. National Museums The London Design Museum adopted the My Naturewatch approach to develop engagement outside the 'four walls' of the Museum and to engage different demographic(s). Activities included; a workshops series, a participant-led pop-up exhibition and two expert panel sessions, passing on the stories and insights from an RCA designed training programme. The sessions were run in cooperation with The Holland Park Biodiversity Centre. The workshops worked with over 60's who would not usually engage in technology creation. This has led to a reconsideration of the museum's strategy around participation, design and ecology: "This provided the opportunity for the museum's widening participation strand to deliver activity both on and off-site, and to think about the opportunities for design led activities in parks and other areas of ecological interest". The work transformed the Design Museum outreach teams' approach to sustainability "It opened-up new ways of thinking within the Learning Department on how the museum can collaborate with HEI's on practice-led design research", "the course also demonstrated that there is a crucial role for museums to play in introducing contemporary design issues and technologies to older audiences". My NatureWatch also worked with the Natural History Museum and their leading Citizen Science team, building the confidence in technology of their volunteers and opened up what the Museum thought was possible. The Victoria & Albert Museum featured My NatureWatch in The Digital Design Weekend with 25,000 visitors, yielding increased web traffic and increased engagement with a public audience. Conservation Organisations The RCA team developed a 'Training the Trainers' scheme and worked with 16 leading wildlife groups whose staff were trained to use the My NatureWatch toolkit Including; National Wildlife Trusts, National Wetlands Centres, Kew Gardens, Spitalfields City Farm, The Durrell Trust and The Conservation Volunteers UK (TCV). This led to at least 15 (for which there is data) workshops being run independently with audiences well beyond the research teams' remit. A review meeting to consider the results, held at the Design Museum, showed that the My NatureWatch project led to; increased engagement with volunteers to deploy the technology, improved understanding of biodiversity, new strategies informed combining technology / nature and progress towards conservation aims. The Durrell Trust has adopted My NatureWatch as part of its 'Conservation Learning' strategy. The Durrell Trust became part of the Knepp Estate rewilding project which is re-introducing Storks back into the UK. This world leading project used the My NatureWatch toolkit to log and tag flighted birds, gaining insight into animal activity. The reduced toolkit cost, enabled The Durrell Trust to train volunteers (who feed the storks) to use the My NatureWatch equipment, increasing public engagement as well as cataloguing opportunities. Following this success, The Durrell Trust has now taken the decision to use My NatureWatch in working with schools and up to 1,000 teenage participants [COVID delay] who traditionally do not engage in conservation, this includes a submitted lottery bid for £250k. This 'Beauty in Nature project' will start in Jersey and roll out to rewilding sites round the world. Other examples include The Ouse & Adur Trust, an independent charity creating a new water way, using the My NatureWatch toolkit, creating a rental scheme for local families and schools, increasing participation and local interest as well as getting a better picture of the wildlife behaviour in the area and The Wildlife Trust (WT) supporting local volunteers to monitor hedgehogs using My NatureWatch. Due to Covid-19 a carefully planned response with WT and their international outreach for #30dayswild has been approved and re co-ordinated (June 2021) leading to 250,000+ potential impacts across network(s). More strategically My NatureWatch has transformed the way the 46 members of The Wildlife Trusts, (Directors and Heads of Policy) view technology as a way to engage a more diverse audience in a new 'ground-up' approach; "without the My Naturewatch project we would not be thinking like this and/or encouraging the use of technological approaches within our means". This underpins planning for their 2021-2031 Wilder Future strategy, providing a lasting legacy. Engaging the general public with technology & nature via the media On 11 June 2018, SpringWatch dedicated nearly a quarter of their programme to My NatureWatch, with 2 million live viewers. On the programme Chris Packham said "It's fantastic to be honest with you, the fact that we can all be involved with this is brilliant, they do work really well" [5.9a]. Since the SpringWatch broadcast, thousands of My Naturewatch camera photographs have been posted to the forum and to social media sites such as Twitter [5.9b]. It is evident from forum comments and social media that these are a tiny fraction of the pictures that have actually been taken: it is not unusual for hundreds of pictures to be taken in a single session, most containing animals. The BBC 'Wild Academy' (SpringWatch spin-off) for young people and schools also featured the project and (infamous) presenter Maddie Moate independently created a YouTube video about making and using the camera trap [5.9c] and followed up by posting her wildlife pictures on Twitter and Facebook. The technology was then also used on 'GardenWatch' [5.9d]. The BBC producer of the SpringWatch show noted "Since its inception, SpringWatch has tried to innovate in terms of ?nding ways to interact with its audience and in ?nding ways for them to interact with wildlife, and the My Naturewatch project allowed us to do both in new and lasting ways". In addition it "continues to provide content to this day as well as being a benchmark and inspiration for developing new ideas". Impact on Participants Engagement activities, designed along the three key principles of Phillips' Open Design work, have been held with at least 3,500 participants run directly by the project team and indirectly by other participating organisations between April 2018 and March 2020. A series of evaluations with participants investigated how their knowledge of the natural world and the environment had changed as a result. Richmond University, Kingston University, Bristol University, EPSRC Young Researchers, Pearl Institute (India), Schumacher College, Lewes Old Grammar School, Westmeads School London and the Coder Dojo extra-curricular schools have all used the My Naturewatch approach to engage students with biodiversity through technology. Coder Dojo Doncaster explained the benefits in a review for HelloWorld, and Westmeads school outlined benefits for attendance and punctuality as well as curriculum development. The University of Sussex Ecology Department was awarded £20,000 independently as they were using the My Naturewatch toolkit to engage schools and teachers "passing it onto the schools was pretty cool, seeing the artwork that they've generated and the poems that they've written was pretty cool. That wouldn't have been created without the initial spark. First from you guys, obviously, making the camera, and then me taking the idea and forcing it onto the schools". The evaluations reported participants adding new interests and goals around technology, understanding of nature and/or design and making to their initial ambitions for their cameras . Amateur participants also all reported increased awareness of biodiversity or lack thereof in their environments. They also reported capturing wildlife they didn't know existed in their gardens or immediate environment. Participants reported making changes to improve the biodiversity of their garden or immediate environment to improve the chances of them taking the photos they wanted with their cameras. Technological benefits were particularly prevalent in the over 60's who reported feeling digitally 're-skilled' with less fear of technology and more engagement with outdoor spaces and species. "The process has made me feel re-skilled and I am keen to learn more" "I know more about this technology than my grandchildren, which is empowering". In terms of engagement with biodiversity and conservation the recorded impacts include: participants changing their landscape architecture and adding ponds to encourage wildlife and creating new understandings of the local environment: "I've come to some sort of acceptance of the foxes and the squirrels, and I've adapted my behaviour to accommodate their lifestyle, to protect my plants, and things like that", "this project has allowed me to look at things in a completely different way in my tiny little garden". This insight into the experience of hundreds of people who made and used the cameras demonstrates the profundity of the impact of this approach to public participation in design for individuals and, indirectly, their environment.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description EPSRC £10,000 Telling Tales My Natuewatch
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description A training programme was created and published (delayed due to covid-19) highlighting the importance of project champions / advocates and how they in turn could independently train others within their network. The work is currently with a leading journal but due to their backlog the output is delayed, due to Covid-19. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The successes and failures of designing for 'Active Engagement' were reliant on participants; network, time resources and their passion for charitable cause(s) in communicating and designing objective(s). Authors perceive 'mutual benefits' require further exploration for 'Active Engagement', outside of charitable causes. The design team encouraged serendipitous occurrences as people re-appropriate. One success of the project was agents could dictate how the NW kits were used/deployed. This gave a balance of giving enough and providing permission for people to adapt its use. Repeatable elements include: open designs, off-the-shelf components, adaptable objectives, mutually motivating (user and organisation), mutually benefiting, economic and social media content. 
 
Description BBC Planet Earth Unit 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The My Naturewatch project formed a link with the Planet Earth Unit at the BBC in Bristol, throughout the project this included site visits, pitches and R&D sessions.
Collaborator Contribution The BBC Planet Earth Unit, is responsible for the BBC SpringWatch programme, that is family viewing for wildlife engagement. The collaboration provided a direct link to their team and then a spot on the 2018 series for 8 minutes. This was a live broadcast accompanied by onsite pre-recordings. Excerpt from BBC SpringWatch producer 2017-2020 Chris Howard My Naturewatch was not only a thoroughly enjoyable project to work on with the project team, but was of genuine and lasting value to Springwatch and the BBC. Since its inception, Springwatch has tried to innovate in terms of finding ways to interact with its audience and in finding ways for them to interact with wildlife, and the My Naturewatch project allowed us to do both in new and lasting ways. By developing, testing and releasing the cameras alongside the team, we were able to democratise the very workflows which make Springwatch so special - putting small cameras in with wildlife and observing what it does. This is generally an expensive and laborious process, but this project made it much cheaper and more readily available and we received (and continue to receive) both footage from cameras built using this system, and testimonials from our audience who have made the cameras (often as families) saying how much they enjoyed the process and the result. Following on from the My Naturewatch project Springwatch ran a GardenWatch programme in 2019, asking viewers to monitor and assess the wildlife in their back gardens for a nationwide survey. Although the My Naturewatch cameras were not designed as a specific part of that experiment, they laid the groundwork for this deeper audience interaction and we continue to receive data collected through the systems to this day. It's fair to say that the project was a great success at the time; providing a new way to interact with our audience and for them to interact with wildlife (as per the brief) and content for the show, but also continues to provide content to this day as well as being a benchmark and inspiration for developing new ideas.
Impact The project was featured on the BBC SpringWatch programme, on their CBEEBIES series and online. Putting the work front and centre for the public.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Durrell Trust 
Organisation Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Country Jersey 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The My Naturewatch project fostered a relationship with the Durrell Trust through our work with the Training the Trainers programme at the RCA. The work engaged the White Stork project (nationally acclaimed for re-introducing storks to the UK) and the Knepp estate, infamous for piloting rewilding in the UK. The Collaboration has led to bid submissions and cultivated a wider engagement across the project. Initially the NW project was working with local volunteers on the White Stork Project, using the cameras to check for migration tags. That relationship has been so successful that we are now running engagement activities within their host location (Jersey) to engage teenagers in the natural world around them. The RCA team has provided equipment, PR, training and technical support.
Collaborator Contribution The Durrel Trust have included us in funding applications (submitted up to £250,000) to encourage more teenage participation within the natural world fostering lasting impacts. The collaboration is now (in covid-19 times) undertaking a "high street" take over, where using the NW kits teenagers and young people will co-op a pop-up exhibition across Jersey to test; engagement principles, scalable opportunities and nature aspirations that can be translated across their international sites. The accessibility of the NW kits means that Durrell Trust can engage as many teenagers as possible. Bid Submitted to National Lottery Grants for Heritage (£250,000) OM-20-02136, GRCF2020: White Stork Project - Inspiring the next generation of nature conservationists, This year, white storks successfully bred in the UK for the first time in over 600 years, thanks to the White Stork Project (WSP) reintroduction at Knepp. Culturally, this species has long represented new life and renewal. As a charismatic bird that often lives in close association with people, there is no stronger symbol to restore our relationship with the natural world, in a time of increasing disengagement with nature. Based on University of Derby nature connectedness research, this project aims to create a 'Youth Ambassador' group with whom we will co-develop a digital outreach and engagement programme aimed at 11-16 year olds. Alongside a further release of 20 white storks, we will develop outreach resources using technologies to explore ecology, migration, and environmental restoration using the WSP example. Finally, we will conduct a national photography competition using DIY wildlife cameras, with categories based on the rebirth and recovery themes of the WSP, inspiring people to see the beauty in nature around them. We will target youth groups to engage those less well-represented in nature conservation with exhibitions for the winners. The project will create two new jobs and an internship, and can begin immediately.
Impact This is a multi disciplinary collaboration with conservation, wildlife and zoological experts. They primarily work in Jersey with international bases. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust - UK Registered UK Charity Number 1121989
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Design Museum 
Organisation The Design Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Design Museum hosted a series of workshops and developments for an over 60's Tech group engaging in the local area and capturing wildlife sightings. The work included training and facilitation for the Design Museum staff.
Collaborator Contribution The Design Museum hosted the workshops, free of charge and gave us space for a pop-up exhibition of the findings and final photographs.
Impact The work has yielded a number of publications (see publications) and impact to what the "learning team" at the Design Museum currently do. due to the work they have more understanding and ambition to "take the museum outside" engaging wider audiences, especially beyond their own conventional demographic. The learning producers stated that the work totally revised the way they think about sustainable practice and are involve. Excerpt from impact letter // How it changed the Design Museums approach Within our widening participation strand, the My Naturewatch project was unique in several ways. First, this was the first time that the museum (since opening at its new site in 2016) has collaborated with an HE institution on practice-based research. As a result, it encouraged us to think differently about how a course was structured so that it met all stakeholder objectives and ensured that there was a meaningful outcome for both participants and the research project at the end of the course. More generally, it opened-up new ways of thinking within the Learning Department on how the museum can collaborate with HEl's on practice-led design research. Second, the collaboration also introduced the museum to a new partner: the Holland Park Ecology Centre. This provided the opportunity for the museum's widening participation strand to deliver activity both on and off-site, and to think about the opportunities for design-led activities in parks and other areas of ecological interest. The museum is now in conversations with the Ecology Centre to explore future areas of collaboration with Schools, Young People and Families audiences. Third, it has given the museum greater confidence in delivering digital programme activity. This is now being pursued in the Young People and Families programme, and within the museum's adult learning programme. Developing the course structure with the My Naturewatch project has strengthened our understanding of how to effectively communicate technology related learning activity; strategies to stretch-and-challenge different abilities and provided techniques for overcoming assumptions about the inaccessibility of learning new technologies. More generally, it opened-up new ways of thinking within the Learning Department on how the museum can collaborate with HEl's on practice-led design research. The empowering dimension of the project also extended to the non-technological elements of the course. Getting the group out to visit the Holland Park nature reserve encouraged the empowering dimension of the project and helped to build greater engagement and knowledge with local residents in their park and the nature reserve at Holland Park. On the 22nd of November the Museum hosted the charities and NGO's from the Training the Trainers project. This was a fascinating opportunity to learn more about the impact digital design was having in the conservation sector and provided an invaluable chance for knowledge exchange across the membership groups, who are working in different sectors and contexts. We are currently hosting a short film from the work of the day, which is reaching our international audience and entire social media following. Later in the year 2020, we invited the My Naturewatch project to deliver a presentation at our annual event for our Young Creatives programme, enabling the My Naturewatch work to reach a new audience demographic (14-19 year olds). This was alongside other leading professionals with a focus on sustainable values. The talk was to 75 young design minds and aimed to give them an insight into professional careers in design, and different strategies for having social impact through it. Staff comments or perceptions from Bernard Hay (Senior Learning Producer) Hosting the My Naturewatch Project was a unique opportunity to engage audiences relatively new to design, by demonstrating how design can connect them with their personal passions and interests. Over the duration of the course, the participants bonded well and by the end there was a strong sense of camaraderie within the group, to the point where they were beginning to explore self-organised meet-ups after the course. I was also struck by the sense of agency that arose with participants from involvement in the course. A couple of the participants were grandparents and remarked that it had given them something they could share with their grandchildren who, as digital natives, were regarded as having a higher level of technological literacy. There was a sense of excitement that this was something that could be shared with their families. The empowering dimension of the project also extended to the non-technological elements of the course. Getting the group out to visit the Holland Park nature reserve encouraged participants to be active and to explore the city. The collaborative ethos of the entire course, from building the cameras to creating a mini-group exhibition, helped participants to interact. Finally, the course also demonstrated that there is a crucial role for museums to play in introducing contemporary design issues and technologies to older audiences. Whereas programmes for older people often focus on traditional practices and historical objects the My Naturewatch course explored areas of practice, such as open source and the maker movement, that were new for the participants on the course. For instance, one participant mentioned how much he enjoyed this element and how exciting it was for him to be a part of a live research project. • We had 11 participants take place over the four weeks. All four were over 60's from the local borough of Kensington and Chelsea. • On November 16th, 2018, the group held a pop-up display of the My Naturewatch Project at the Design Museum. The museum had 988 visitors that day. • There were 291 number of visitors to the My Naturewatch event web-page on the Design Museum website in July 2020. • The Design Museum subsequently hosted a talk by Dr Rob Phillips on the project to 75 young designers (14-19) as part of it's Young Creatives Takeover Event in February 2020. Since working with the NW team on the initial four week course (especially Dr Phillips) we have been able to showcase My Naturewatch through other projects to new audiences, in particular Dr Phillips presentation as a part of our Young Creatives programme. The My Naturewatch programme enabled the museum to engage with the local community of Kensington and Chelsea, in particular older residents, and to connect with relevant charities and organisations who may become potential collaborators in the future (e.g. Open Nature, Holland Park Ecology Centre).
Start Year 2019
 
Description The Wildlife Trusts 
Organisation The Wildlife Trusts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The NW project has worked with regional sectors of the Wildlife Trusts throughout the My Naturewatch project, Namely; The Sussex Wildlife Trusts. The WT are 46 separate regional organisations that operate across the UK, so there have been many opportunities for Scale. The RCA NW team established a relationship with the Head of Policy and Head of Engagement at the Highest CEO informed level. This relationship is informing their 5-10 year strategy about how they can involve and include people within their natural world. Currently the RCA team have developed strategic and research led narratives (based on findings from the NW project) to inform new opportunities. This relationship is being galvanised by the up and coming participation within the #30dayswild engagement programme that runs annually (by the WT) on social media platforms reaching audiences of up to 500,000. The RCA team are providing; technological support, engagement strategies, funded kits for rangers to create promotional material and film making expertise.
Collaborator Contribution The WT have already provided 1 roundtable with 13 CEO's from across the UK, presenting the NW project and establishing more local / regional relationships. The WT are currently offering support in-kind for #30dayswild reaching their discursive and national audience in the month of June 2021. The ongoing relationship with the head of policy & Engagement seeks to create further fundable opportunities within "technological / Nature", promoting best practice of how we can align these relationships. On an operational level, the WT have supported through; social media, staff time, copy editing, copy and expert review, sample families from their network and more importantly alliances with wildlife rangers working in the field. Excerpt from Wildlife Trusts Head of Policy Letter 2020 The Wildlife Trusts are developing a brand-new strategy under a new CEO, to launch in 2021. A strategic move towards listening and learning from communities forms the direction we intend to take. We want to step away from 'looking down' at specific details, to 'looking up' to embrace the many ways people want to or have the potential to interact with nature. This involves ground up, design led approaches with communities across our 46 charities that make up The Wildlife Trusts, and the work started through the project, My NatureWatch demonstrates the potential to roll out great, tech-based interactions that are user-centric and will help inform us how to achieve just that. The experience that can be shared between our organisations, to apply this design led approach to nature-interactions is exciting and now in the early stages of exploration. I genuinely adore the energy the project brings to creating a fresh thought process to helping people care about wildlife and wilder spaces. The expansion upon thinking and learning from My NatureWatch has so much potential to be a component of The Wildlife Trusts way to call for a Wilder Future. We want to work with the RCA to design how best to enable people to self-organise, engage and champion wildlife as part of community campaigns and organizing, reaching wider into society than ever before as we fight to reverse the climate and nature crisis. MyNatureWatch is playing a central role in helping us develop the 2021-2031 strategy for a Wilder Future". We are using the My Naturewatch project as an impactful case study that we are building off to build our future strategy, without the MyNaturewatch project we would not be thinking like this and or encouraging the use of technological approaches within our means. Whilst this project has started by building an opportunity within #30dayswild (our leading engagement programme) it is enabling us to transform and inform our thinking from a public led opportunity.
Impact The relationship is Multi-disciplinary uniting; nature expertise, technologies, conservationists, teachers, engagement officers and designers.
Start Year 2020
 
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 too 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 technological 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. 
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 Levent is 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 - 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 Presentation - March 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 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 Presentation - September 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 Follow up presentation expanding on the potential ways of using prototypes with a view to inclusion on national TV wildlife programming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Spring Watch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Springwatch broadcast about the project and kits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC Springwatch Kids 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Springwatch Kids broadcast about the project and kits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Schools
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 Bird Ringing Demo - 23.09.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in a bird ringing demonstration at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, London. Documented, filmed and recorded the event to make into a short documentary film. This has led to a network of engagement that has been in repeat contact surrounding the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.fothcp.org/
 
Description Bristol University Innovation BA Talk - May 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Online talk to Bristol University's Innovation BA students, 100 attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Camera Building Workshop - Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust - August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Making and using workshop for 14 staff and volunteers at the White Stork Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Connecting Young People to Nature Project Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project presentation
Encouraging Young People to Engage In Their (Immediate Backdoor Nature), Through Cinemas

Audience: conservation academics
Location: Brighton
Run by: Sussex University Ecology department

The work enabled us to monitor the work with Sussex Ecology centre as they are using the My Naturewatch kits for their outreach in schools. The work also led to a series of lead nature experts undertaking the My Naturewatch cameras within their current research activities. These activities are on-going and we are waiting for results and impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/ahs/Publicdocs/Children%20and%20Nature%20conf%20docs/Provisional%20sche...
 
Description Design Museum Talk - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Design Museum Takeover Day: The Young Creatives Takeover Festival
The Takeover Day is an opportunity for the Design Museum's Young Creatives group to host a day of free public-facing workshops and events, inviting the public to experience and think about this year's programme theme of IMPACT.
The day will include an exhibition of the work produced by the group, as well as hands-on making activities led by the young creatives and supported by designer-makers that they've encountered through the programme or been inspired by.
A key feature of the event will be the panel discussion. This is an opportunity for young people and the public to meet and hear from designers who explore the themes of well-being, sustainability, civic engagement and/or futures through their work. This also provides young people with an insight into career and education pathways, what different design professions look like and discusses in an open forum subjects the young creatives are passionate about.

Theme: Design and EveryDay Impact
Panel presentation and discussion: How can design create positive change in everyday life?
Audience: a mix of young people (14-25), families and the general public. Audience numbers: 100.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Design Museum Workshops 
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 A 4 part course for over 60's and adults who live in the tri-borough area of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham. The course taught how to make the camera, guided walks through Holland Park, and learning about local wildlife, design, and technology.
Participants were introduced to technology and reported feeling reskilled. There were also general health benefits from engagement with the outdoors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://designmuseum.org/whats-on/talks-courses-and-workshops/make-your-own-my-naturewatch-camera
 
Description Doncaster CoderDojo - make your own wildlife camera workshop - August 2019 
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 5 children ages 7-10 attended our workshop. They built the naturewatch camera's, which they managed to assemble well. They took their built camera home with them for a week and positioned in their gardens. Unfortunately they did not manage to capture much, I think if they'd had the kit longer and tried a few different areas in their gardens they would have been more successful. They had fun assembling them and using them and would like to try again with them in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EPIC project stall at 'Eco, Young & Engaged' Summit' - June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We used the Naturewatch cameras as part of our display at the EYE Summit to show schools what they can be doing to in their school grounds to monitor wildlife.

Lots of enthusiasm from schools particularly since many pupils recognised the raspberry pi products they had been using in previous class projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EPSRC young researchers talk - 14.01.2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to 20 Young researchers that work with Engineers. Currently the work has led to repeat invitations to run workshops in the local areas of the attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engaging Nature Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Calling together peers of note to discuss "what design can do to engage nature" producing a wider network and publication from discussion.
Attended by Design, NGO and conservation audiences (non-academic)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Focus Group - Adur and Ouse River Trust - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Focus group with Adur and Ouse River Trust volunteers, on their experience of using the technology, and participating in the Training The Trainers programme. Aim: to discuss and document the impact of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Focus Group - Suffolk Wildlife Trust - January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Focus group with Suffolk Wildlife Trust volunteers, on their experience of using the technology, and participating in the Training The Trainers programme. Aim: to discuss and document the impact of the project.

https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/my-naturewatch-camera-beers-family
http://://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/blog/sophie-mayes/my-naturewatch-camera-adshead-family
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/blog/sophie-mayes/my-naturewatch-camera-adshead-family
 
Description Focus Group - Westmeads Community Infant School - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Focus group with Westmeads Community Infant School teachers, on their experience of using the technology, and participating in the Training The Trainers programme. Aim: to discuss and document the impact of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Human-Computer Interaction Conference Talk - August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation in Florida with the international HCI community. 45 academic and Disney officials attending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote at Redesigning Stewardship, Goldsmiths University - September 2019 
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 Practice researchers in Arts and Humanities were invited to a workshop with delegates of National Trust, Forestry Commission, Canal and Rivers Trust and colleagues from the Civic Engagement and Public Engagement at Goldsmiths. The broad aim for the workshop was to share perspectives and establish a set of interests for future activity.

Audience: 30 academic and NGO's including; the National Trust, Natural England, The Woodland Trust
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://goldsmithsdesignblog.com/2019/09/05/redesigning-stewardship-workshop/
 
Description Kingston University Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation of the My Naturewatch camera to art & design foundation students while working on an interaction design brief.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate-course/art-design-foundation-diploma/
 
Description Lewes Depot Cinema Workshop 
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 Open Assembly workshop for 20 members of the public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lewes Depot Film Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A trailer launched that played for 2 weeks prior to every film over the easter holidays. The first session was a "standup talk" in front of a cinema audience. The work included posters, feedback and leaflets at the Depot Cinema.

2 screens, 50 capacity, 6 screenings a day for 2 weeks. = 84 showings of the trailer, 4000 audience size

This enabled the team to talk about the project locally with wider understanding. This type of community outreach is a first for the organisation 'the depot' has done using a technology programme, it has encouraged them to do more in the future at the highest founder level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lewes Depot Trailer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Film produced by local community played as a trailer for 2 weeks before every film they show
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MP Visit To The Wildlife Trust BCN - September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Labour MP Daniel Zeichner and 1 member of staff came for a photo opportunity with hedgehogs at The Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Naturewatch cameras were mentioned and demoed. Hedgehogs were then mentioned by the MP in parliamentary debate. This increased the reputation of the Trust.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.danielzeichner.co.uk/news/2019/10/29/daniel-zeichner-mp-showcases-cambridges-environment...
 
Description Maddie Moate Youtube Video: How to make a Wildlife Camera (using a Raspberry Pi!) - March 2019 
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 presenter Maddie Moate featured the Naturewatch camera on her Youtube channel. Viewed 10,185 times by 14/10/19. Positive comments including "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.".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiOH5LUVkWo
 
Description Magazine Article in Hello Worlds, September 2020, Issue 15 (pg 82) written by one of our project advocates who attended our training activities (Natalie Shersby) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The article entitled "DISCOVERING WILDLIFE WITH MY NATUREWATCH" was released in the Raspberry Pi foundation magazine, in September 2020. The activity concerned; camera making, placing and then tips and tricks on deployment. The article communicates how educators, students and families can make the most of the opportunity to inform learning. This was a high level publication with a wide reach, written by NATALIE SHERSBY. For three years, Natalie has been running Code Clubs in a school and a CoderDojo in a community library. She is a STEM Ambassador and has judged a national Robotics Competition. Natalie's career in IT systems support has spanned 15 years (@gigglingnatalie).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://helloworld.raspberrypi.org/issues/14
 
Description My Naturewatch // International Cultural Exchange 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A session supported by Q&A; sharing the My Naturewatch project and FutureKind book. This was created and hosted by Oxford Global broadcast to; Korea, Tapei and Hong Kong. The session shared the lessons from the project and shared published material.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description My Naturewatch Research Share - July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Research share at the New York offices of Smart Design, 90 guests from high level industry facing disciplines, looking at the future of sustainable and engaging design. This led to a relationship being established with Smart internationally and from that session has built relationships with partners interested in partnering for future activities. The work also led to the founding of a relationship to Tearfund resulting in a GCRF submission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description My six wild weeks - Suffolk Wildlife Trust - July 2019 
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 12 families were invited to a workshop and built the cameras then they adopted a camera for a week and at the end of the week submitted a blog and any photos. The camera then moved to another family.The families are coming back for a celebration at the end of the month. We wanted to connect families to nature using the technology and create a wild community. We have had two memberships because of the project and every single person who took part said how enjoyable it had been and how much more connected they had felt.

The families found that they didn't necessary get the wildlife they expected and some nothing at all but this made them think about how to encourage wildlife into their garden. Some felt they needed longer with the camera to really find the best position and also to work out the depth of vision correctly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Engagement focused website and social media channels (Instagram and Twitter)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://mynaturewatch.net/
 
Description Natural History Museum Workshop with Citizen Science Team 
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 Camera building workshop with staff working in the area of Citizen Science at the Natural History Museum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/centre-for-uk-biodiversity
 
Description Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust - EPIC camera trap making workshop - August 2019 
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 The event was held to build circa 15 Naturewatch cameras so that members of the public near to the EPIC project's river building site could use the cameras to see what wildlife was using their gardens and local green spaces. There was lots of interest sparked in urban wildlife with participants posting photos of foxes, birds, butterflies etc. to social media. There was also some evidence of behaviour change with participants asking great follow up questions related to feeding urban wildlife only appropriate amounts and types of food.

Participants were thrilled that in the space of only an hour they were able to build and operate a camera trap. Many people saw themselves as not very tech savvy and were surprised at how accessible these cameras were.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Pearl Academy, India Lecture - May 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Audience 150, Digitally delivered talk, public and students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description People Power: Digital, audiences and social purpose, leading CEO's and Directors working group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact March 10th 2021, Digital Leadership programme, invited to attend strategic Q&A based on research, book publications and digital opportunities informing new processes. The conversation formed part of a strategy report. The work was relevant to cultural institutions across the sector at the highest level.

a 2-hour leadership training session for CEO's and Directors entitled "People Power: Digital, audiences and social purpose" as part of a Leading the Sector programme speaker. With organisations including; Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Bluecoat, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Wildlife Trusts Wales, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, The National Mining Museum Scotland, Museum of East Anglian Life, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Culture Coventry, National Museums Northern Ireland, People's History Museum, Communications, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Wessex Archaeology, The National Archives and National Museums Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://weareculture24.org.uk/leading-the-sector/
 
Description Pimironi webinar 
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 Project hosted on their site in one of their online webinar discussions analysing the kit and its functionality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plan and Build Workshop - The Wildlife Trust BCN - September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To build cameras for the hedgehog reintroduction project, to use organisation's staff expertise to plan best strategy, and to engage the staff with the project. 5 cameras were built and a robust camera strategy was developed to generate best value from our efforts.

"The Wildlife Trust BCN were very impressed with the technology, and the hands-on nature of the project. They will be championing My Naturewatch across Wildlife Trust BCN activities.

The hedgehog reintroduction programme at their Trumpington Meadows Reserve, Cambridge will hopefully happen end of Sep, so lots still going on (social media, on their website, potential events)."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description RCA Tutors Film 
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 Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is a promotion of the project and the design approach of engaging design. There were limited measures in place to analyse the feedback as the film was broadly publicised over the web.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.rca.ac.uk/news-and-events/rca-stories/explore-nature-while-inside-my-naturewatch/
 
Description Railway Land Follow Up - 16.11.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Return visit to the Railway Land Trust to receive their results and understand their experiences of the Naturewatch Camera. This has led to further participation amongst the southdown rangers that have attended, making them local champions of the project going forwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Railway Land Workshop - 02.11.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Workshop at the Railway Land Trust, Lewes with 5 participants including their trustees, media officer, a teacher and local wildlife ranger. This has led to repeat participation over time with a small pending funding bid to build a film festival within the local area, engaging volunteers, schools and local conservation groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Share (Smart Designs) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A research share to a design consultancy about the process of how we have engaged design, what the project has achieved and the methods that we used. This session was to Professional Designers for 1 hour. This was for a senior team of 5 including CEO's and technical leads. Smart Design are an international company, this talk led to a working relationship that has resulted on them partnering for Bids that have been submitted for the GCRF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Richmond University Guest Lecture - October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Type of audience: Art, design, curation,arts management students
Perceived impact or measurable impact: Research methods for creative art and design projects
What do you consider was the most significant outcome/impact of this activity? Inspiring creative, participatory research methods in art and design
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Schumacher College Follow Up - 26.01.18 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Return visit to Schumacher College to receive their results and understand their experiences of the Naturewatch Camera. The workshop led to a very clear Beta test with a diverse audience of ecology, economic and design students that were based internationally. It led to a wider audience engagement with academic staff at the college that are still engaged and becoming local champions for the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Schumacher College Workshop - 06.12.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshop with 11 MA Design and Ecology students from Schumacher College, Devon. The workshop led to a very clear Beta test with a diverse audience of ecology, economic and design students that were based internationally. It led to a wider audience engagement with academic staff at the college that are still engaged and becoming local champions for the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Schumacher Ecology Department / Research Share 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This research share identified the pitfalls, benefit and opportunities of Ecological Citizenship, a wider concept that has come out of the research. The My Naturewatch project work was shared and then the Ecological Citizenship (see publications) approach was translated so they could inform their own ecological practices. The work crossed disciplines as the audience were not designers, they were ecologists, policy makers and economists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Summer Camera Building Workshop - The Conservation Volunteers - August 2019 
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 Family camera building session to increase interest in the site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sussex Bio Sensing event - 11.02.18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pop-up exhibition stand - professional, volunteers, gatekeepers, end users, ecologists, bird ringers, NGO's, conservation experts. The opportunity has led to a number of high level interactions, contacts and communities within the leading edge of the conservation world. The contacts that have been made will lead to more national interactions. We have received requests about further engagement. The work had an audience of 250 peers in the conservation community that all showed interest for repeat opportunities and the sharing of contacts, building more diverse demographics in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sxbrc.org.uk/news/the-sussex-biological-recorders-seminar-2017
 
Description Sussex Wildlife Follow Up - 16.11.17 
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 Return visit to the Sussex Wildlife to receive their results and understand their experiences of the Naturewatch Camera. This has led to sustained activity over time as the wildlife trust has become more engaged. This activity opened up the audiences engagement from the wildlife trust as they never forsaw technology engagement as one of their offerings for "nature engagement" and offers of future summer workshops have been made. The work has also gained the trust and respect of the team opening up new connections for the work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sussex Wildlife Workshop - 02.11.17 
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 Workshop at Sussex Wildlife Trust, Woods Mill, Lewes, with 10 participants who all volunteer at the wildlife trust in various roles. Leading to repeat engagement, community building and connections with wildlife trusts within a wider reach. The participants involved in the workshops, have become local champions sharing contacts and will increase engagement once the beta testing stage is complete.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description T.O.A.D Show - Froglife - August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event was to celebrate the recent pond restoration at the site, and educate the public about why the works were done and what's happening with their local toad populations. It led to new garden ponds being built which is fantastic!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at Disney - August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to members of public engagement staff at the Kennedy space centre, NASA one of the largest conservation spaces within Florida. The presentation was to 3 rangers and 2 members of NASA staff. The presentation involved a live demo and outputs to the work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at NASA - August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to members of public engagement staff at the Kennedy space centre, NASA one of the largest conservation spaces within Florida. The presentation was to 3 rangers and 2 members of NASA staff. The presentation involved a live demo and outputs to the work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Teachers Workshop - 30.11.17 
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 Workshop with 3 computing and biology teachers from Lewes Old Grammar School. The activity has led to a series of engagements with Head teachers across the south east that could foster into more repeatable activity over time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Design Museum Takeover Day - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Takeover Day is an opportunity for the Design Museum's Young Creatives group to host a day of free public-facing workshops and events, inviting the public to experience and think about this year's programme theme of IMPACT. The day will include an exhibition of the work produced by the group, as well as hands-on making activities led by the young creatives and supported by designer-makers that they've encountered through the programme or been inspired by. A key feature of the event will be the panel discussion. This is an opportunity for young people and the public to meet and hear from designers who explore the themes of well-being, sustainability, civic engagement and/or futures through their work. This also provides young people with an insight into career and education pathways, what different design professions look like and discusses in an open forum subjects the young creatives are passionate about. Sunday 16th February 2020, audience 100 teenagers and parents
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://designmuseum.org/whats-on/workshops/young-creatives/young-creatives-takeover-event
 
Description Tice's Meadow Bioblitz - 29.04.17 
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 Participation in a Bioblitz at Tice's Meadow, Farnham, Surrey. Photo documentation and interviews with participants.
This has led to people being sustained within the project activity, building a network and critical reflection within the world of conservation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ticesmeadow.org/2017/04/2017-spring-bioblitz.html
 
Description Toads on Allotments - Froglife - July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event was to make their allotment more wildlife friendly, and since a new pond has been made and scrub land turned into a communal midlife area. It was a London T.O.A.D Activity, but the cameras were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training Session with Durrell Trust & Partners (delivered digitally) in Jersey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Durrell Trust engaged the RCA team to run a small training workshop for their staff team. This is now being replicated amongst local schools and under 18 institutions across Jersey to engage people in understanding their natural world through digital interventions. This activity is to be rolled out later in the year 2021, but this training session ensured a dry run debugging any issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 and public engagement of other organisations

Type of audience: Wildlife / conservation Charities. Teachers.
Perceived impact or measurable impact: Long-term study of impact for the organisations
What do you consider was the most significant outcome/impact of this activity? Enabling research and public engagement activities for the organisations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University Visit, Bristol University Innovation BA Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The talk shared the research insights and best practice found during the My Naturewatch project. These were then translated by the BA students and applied to their own projects they were currently exploring within their Citizen Science activities. The insights gave real world examples to what the students were trying to achieve and informed their methodologies and approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description V&A Digital Design Weekend 
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 Open workshop and table top exhibition. Event was attended by approximately 25,000 people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to BBC Springwatch Set - 16.06.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Visit to the set of BBC Springwatch in the National Trust's Sherborne Park Estate, in rural Gloucestershire to observe the TV show in action and interview the production team. This action has led to a sustained relationship with the BBC and their Natural History Unit based on personal relationships made during the visit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qgm3
 
Description Wakehurst (Talk) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to 30 members of the general public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Wakehurst (Workshop) 
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 Open Assembly workshop, people building and using kits. Attended by members of the public, specifically people who would not go to National Trust as specific call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Water Exhibition - Sept 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in 'Water' exhibition as part of London Design Festival, exhibiting the underWATER Camera prototype. This led to a test of the outreach for the project, it also enabled further conversations and actions with schools and other key stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://waterexhibition.co.uk/
 
Description Webinar; In conversation with Enzio Manzini (Social Designer) Entitled; In Session: Communities of Place 
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 Other audiences
Results and Impact Enzio Manzini is an internationally recognised; designer, academic and esteemed author. The session born from the inclusion of all benefiting their surroundings and was entitled "communities of place". This was a high level discussion, broadcast by the RCA (now hosted on the You Tube channel) looking at the attributes of how we can design and nurture the conditions that cultivate communities. The My Naturewatch project was an exemplar shared and reviewed by Enzio during the discussion and catalysed a debate. This rare opportunity took the view of the work to a higher more strategic level, translating good practice into other situations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4jWgLxJDmE
 
Description Weekly Camera Building Workshops - Sussex Wildlife Trust/The Mix - January 2020 
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 Audience is children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Working with children who may not have many opportunities, giving them a creative outlet, and aiming have a positive impact on their wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Westmeads Infant School - Opening of Outdoor Classroom - July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Gardener's World TV presenter Frances Tophill officially opened our outdoor classroom with key children who had been involved in the project and was watched by all members of the school community. The cameras were in position and the children talked about their involvement with the project. Several children talked about how they were observing wildlife at home in the garden as a result. A number of children had started feeding the birds at home.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Westmeads Infant School - The Big Reveal - July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The session was intended to view all the captured images of wildlife since placing the cameras. As not one wildlife image had been captured, the children were very disappointed. Discussions followed about what had gone wrong. The children were keen to try again and to leave the cameras recording over the summer holidays. This was not possible and all children participating were transitioning onto junior schools in September. It was decided to try again in the new school year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Westmeads Infant School Camera Building Workshop - 24/6/19 
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 First workshop to build cameras with 5 children. Lots of interest and discussion. Children were aged 6-7. They struggled to listen to instructions and were keen to get ahead and view with the cameras!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Westmeads Infant School Camera Building Workshop - 25/6/19 
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 Day 2 of camera-building. The same children returned. Focus was slightly improved and by the end of the session, 5 cameras had been built.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Westmeads Infant School Leadership Team Meeting - June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Informing senior leaders about the Naturewatch project. Discussion about how to proceed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Westmeads Infant School Planning Meeting - June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Planning how to use the cameras and which children to target. Dates and times for events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Westmeads Infant School Progress Meeting - July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact To plan and position cameras in strategic positions. Children helped to set up cameras and were keen to check for images of wildlife visitors. One disadvantaged child was first through the gate each morning in anticipation of what he would find. The cameras were checked by staff daily and recharged throughout the day to be set up again each afternoon. No images of any wildlife were recorded on any of the cameras.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Wildlife Trusts CEO Round Table. An invitee event on, initiating conversations between the RCA NW project and nationally based Wildlife Trusts. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The session presented the NW project, lessons and repeatable attributes that could be scaled in different fields. The discussion undertook an open and creative process nurturing ideas and developments that are on-going. The work also led to a 'design led approach' within the WT that they are forming into their new 5-10 year strategy. This was not a public facing event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Young Volunteer Camera Training Workshop - Spitalfields City Farm - November 2019 
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 Young volunteers gained confidence in working with technology and are excited about future use of the cameras in their activities. Future plans to use the cameras were established.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019