Identifying private gardens in the U.K. as key sites of environmental engagement, we look at how a longer-term online citizen science programme facilitated the development of new and personal attachments of nature. These were visible through new or renewed interest in wildlife-friendly gardening practices and attitudinal shifts in a large proportion of its participants. Qualitative and quantitative data, collected via interviews, focus groups, surveys and logging of user behaviours,revealed that cultivating a fascination with species identification was key to both ‘helping nature’ and wider learning, with the programme creating a space where scientific and non-scientific knowledge could co-exist and reinforce one another.
|Number of pages||35|
|Journal||Journal of Science Communication|
|Early online date||17 Jan 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Jan 2019|
- citizen science
- environmental communication
- public understanding of science and technology
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- Moray House School of Education and Sport - Senior Lecturer in Science Education
- Institute for Education, Teaching & Leadership
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