Research & Evaluation

The Natural History Consortium is a unique partnership working in areas of media, conservation, policy and research to engage people with the natural world.

As part of our work we ingrain research and evaluation within our programmes to help inform our own work and provide resources to share our learning with the sector. In this section you can explore some of our current live research and look back at past findings.

Future Parks Research

The Natural History Consortium is working with Bristol City Council and partners to secure the future of Bristol’s urban parks and green spaces through a unique new national initiative.

Future Parks is a joint venture between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Trust. There is also additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in England. Eight urban areas,across the UK are joining forces in a pioneering programme designed to find ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities.

Parks are currently a lifeline for many people.  As part of the Future Parks Programme, we are surveying how Bristol and Bath residents use and experience their local parks, and how this might have changed in light of Covid-19.

We would appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey.  Your opinions and insight will help the project to understand how our parks are used and could be improved for the future.

CLICK HERE to complete the survey

Leave your contact details at the bottom of the survey for a chance to win a beautiful hanging basket in our prize draw.


Science Festivals Research

The Natural History Consortium delivers the annual Festival of Nature across Bristol and Bath, showcasing tried and tested content and piloting new ideas and formats for engaging people with the natural world. We build evaluation into the core of our programmes and collaborate with our academic partners, as well as other science communicators and festivals regionally, nationally and internationally to research the social and environmental impact of science festivals.

UK Science Festivals Network


Science Festivals Alliance



BioBlitz Research

As part of the NHC’s work facilitating the National BioBlitz Network in the UK, we have supported a number of MSc research projects using BioBlitz as a case study as well as conducting our own research and evaluation of BioBlitz and related formats for public engagement in biological recording.

European Citizen Science Association
Original BioBlitz Research

Communicate Research

Find the main Communicate website at

People Engagement Group Project

Engaging People in Biodiversity Issues Resource

Engaging People in Biodiversity Issues Resource

Communicate worked with Defra, the People Engagement Group and Simon Christmas Ltd on a project to enable the environmental engagement sector to make best use of the latest evidence in the Defra commissioned report Engaging People in Biodiversity Issues, and to gain further insights into how the sector could be supported to further build its capacity to develop effective approaches to biodiversity engagement.

The project included a series of workshops, sessions at Communicate 2013: Stories for Change, and the production of an online resource developing the recommendations of the research report. The final project report collated a number of insights from the project as to how further initiatives could support capacity building within the sector.