Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.
Please take the time to read the information below carefully, and confirm that you agree to take part and to Earthwatch using your data for research.
By registering an account on Earthwatchers you will have access to a number of scientific surveys to complete. Completing these surveys and submitting your data is optional. You may choose to participate in none, one or several of them.
You may be asked to repeat certain surveys multiple times to give us an overview of how behaviours or natural resources change over time and/or the response of wildlife to these changes. Other surveys will be one-offs. We might ask you to upload photos as part of your data collection – these will be stored securely, in accordance with our data protection policy. If we wish to share these more widely (for example on social media channels), we will seek your permission first.
There is no planned end date for Earthwatchers. Your level and length of involvement is entirely up to you. You will be given an estimation of the time involved in performing a survey on the relevant project page.
You are free to decide whether or not to take part and may withdraw from Earthwatchers at any time.
The Earthwatchers team
Earthwatchers is a programme operated by Earthwatch Europe.
The researchers overseeing the project (at the time of signing) are:
Risks of involvement
Any activity carries some level of risk. The Earthwatchers activities you take part in may include some of the following common hazards associated with being outdoors:
You are responsible for reading the detailed safety instructions which are included with each project that requires activity in the field.
Whether you are participating on your own, or as part of a group with a partner organisation - participation in Earthwatchers is at your own risk. You must be the person to determine whether your activities and actions (and those of anyone in your care eg children under 16 and vulnerable adults) are reasonable and appropriate for the environment and circumstances you are in.
All individuals aged under 16, and vulnerable adults, must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
How we will capture, manage and use your data
Taking part in Earthwatchers will involve collecting personal information about you. The sources of this data are: equality, diversity and inclusion monitoring, surveys (performed online or on paper), and photos submitted alongside data.
This information will be protected in the following ways:
Data is intended to inform environmental management advice, policy, and engagement practices. As such:
Information about you will be combined with information from other people taking part in Earthwatchers. We will write about the combined data we have gathered. Outputs from this study will not identify you unless we obtain your permission.
Upon withdrawing from Earthwatch, if you have not requested to be forgotten, we may re-contact you to request your participation in follow-up studies or other Earthwatch programmes.
You have the right to:
Please note that these rights are not exercisable in all circumstances eg personal data may not have to be erased if it is needed in the interests of public health, or to support legal claims, compliance and scientific or historical research.
Earthwatch Europe’s rights
- Posting of obscene or offensive language or material
- Posting defamatory, abusive, discriminatory or hateful material or applauding or encouraging such material
- Posting confidential material/private information.
Participants will be informed before such action is taken.
By submitting data as part of Earthwatchers I agree to the following.
Taking part in the study
Use of my data in the study
Reuse of my data
Security of my data
I give permission for data gathered during this project to be used, copied, excerpted, annotated, displayed and distributed for the purposes to which I have consented.
Earthwatch reserve the right to update this Policy. You will be notified of any material changes.