Shared Learning

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. We undertake a programme of collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects exploring people’s engagement with the natural world and are available to participate in partnership projects – please get in touch.

In this section you can explore some of our current live research and look back at past findings.

Guide to Running a BioBlitz | BioBlitz

Guide to Running a BioBlitz | BioBlitz

A BioBlitzers best friend, this guide covers all of the basics for running a BioBlitz event from initial planning to advice for on the day; all illustrated with case studies from BioBlitzes across the UK. You can find additional supplementary materials right here on this website.

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Beyond COP26 The Conversations | Communicate

Beyond COP26 The Conversations | Communicate

What will we learn from COP26, and how will the UK’s environmental communication community translate international declarations into local action, and national programmes? On January 19th the Communicate conference brought together communication professionals from across the country for a series of roundtable conversations on 6 key topics. This document captures some of the main questions, themes and provocations discussed

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The rise and rise of science festivals | Festival of Nature

The rise and rise of science festivals | Festival of Nature

Recent years have witnessed a dramatic global growth in the development of large-scale public science events. Although usually grouped together under the umbrella term ‘Science Festivals’, the events differ greatly in size and scope. This paper presents the findings from a 2008/09 international survey of Science Festivals in order to compare and contrast worldwide trends.

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Beyond BioBlitz – making your data count | BioBlitz

Beyond BioBlitz – making your data count | BioBlitz

Whilst BioBlitz is a fun and exciting public engagement event, it is important to the validity of BioBlitz that the data we collect is scientifically accurate and useful to the local and national environmental community. This simple toolkit is designed to help you get the best out of your wildlife sightings.

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Evaluating public engagement with biological recording events | BioBlitz

Evaluating public engagement with biological recording events | BioBlitz

To support more meaningful, comparative evaluation of the events carried out in Europe, the European BioBlitz network developed a common tool to assess the social outcomes of Public Engagement with Biological Recording. This research insight aims to report the main outcomes from the experience of event organisers in the framework of City Nature Challenge 2018 in Europe.

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The rise of BioBlitz | BioBlitz

The rise of BioBlitz | BioBlitz

“BioBlitz” events are popular local wildlife surveys often engaging public audiences in a race against time to find, identify, and record as many different species as possible in a given time frame. This study provides baseline assessment of the value of BioBlitz as a tool for public engagement and collection of environmental data in the UK.

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Communication principles for the wildlife recording community | BioBlitz

Communication principles for the wildlife recording community | BioBlitz

Bringing together the experience, skills and knowledge of the sector, this set of first principles is a step towards more positive communication around biological data and should be a helpful resource to refer to whether you are talking face-to-face, writing or sharing stories online. This toolkit has been designed in consultation with 90 members of the UK recording community and communications experts to help recorders, organisations and volunteer groups communicate about recording and data more effectively.

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The LEARN CitSci project | BioBlitz

The LEARN CitSci project | BioBlitz

This LEARN CitSci project studied what impact citizen science projects have on the young people that take part in them. The study aimed to understand how young people aged 5-19 years develop knowledge, practices and agency with environmental science through their participation in natural history museum-led citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. 

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Engaging people in biodiversity issues | Communicate

Engaging people in biodiversity issues | Communicate

Info coming soon.

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