1. Participant Information and Consent form: Survey

What is this project about?

Our project is looking at the behaviours of people who boat for recreation specifically focussing on anchoring and mooring in seagrass. We are focusing on two special areas of conservation Plymouth Sound & Estuaries and Solent Maritime – Isle of Wight and would like to hear from people who go boating for recreation in these areas. This project is part of a larger project run by Natural England, called LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES (Reducing and Mitigating Erosion and Disturbance Impacts affecting the Seabed). The focus of this project is on recreational boating however we acknowledge there are other threats to seagrass habitats.

In this survey, when we say ‘boating for recreation’ we are interested in those times that you go out on some kind of vessel – for example, you might go sailing or power boating – for leisure, but not for any commercial purpose. 

What is the purpose?

This project will help to improve Natural England's understanding of recreational boaters' awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards anchoring and mooring in seagrass. It will help to design and develop ways of addressing any issues identified and help to support changes in behaviour that can lead, in the long term, to the improvement of seagrass.

Who is conducting the project?

Collingwood Environmental Planning, in partnership with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Plymouth, has been commissioned by Natural England to conduct this project.

How can you get involved, and what will you need to do?

We would like to invite you to take part in a survey to share your views and experiences in relation to mooring and anchoring in seagrass. We are only looking to hear from people that go boating for recreation in the Solent Martime-Isle of Wight and/or Plymouth Sound and Estuaries for this particular survey, but  there will be other opportunities for those who go boating elsewhere to get involved in the project. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and there are no right or wrong answers. Before you start we will ask you to read the following information and then to confirm that you are happy to take part.
Things to know:

·        The survey is completely voluntary, you can stop at any point you wish. You can withdraw your data up to 2 weeks after taking part by contacting us on the below details and providing us with your unique participant code that you will be invited to create at the end of the survey. 
·        The survey questions will not ask you to provide information that will identify you personally. Should you reveal any personally identifiable data in the free text responses it will be deleted.
·        Any information you provide will be stored securely and all participant input will be treated as anonymous. This means any information you share will be anonymised in any reports or other project outputs. Further information on how your data will be handled is provided in the accompanying Privacy Notice which covers the overall ReMEDIES project, see in particular sections related to ‘Surveys and Interviews’.
·        The results of this research will be used to inform project activities aimed at understanding and changing behaviours in order to reduce impacts on seabeds, and will contribute to a report and guidance document which is expected to be published in Natural England's Evidence Catalogue, as well as related workshops, presentations and papers which may be available on the ReMEDIES project website on gov.uk.
·        The anonymised survey data will be deposited in the UK Data Archive so it can be used for future research and learning.
·        This survey is being hosted by SurveyMonkey; please click here to view their privacy notice.
Any questions? If you have any questions about this project either before or afterwards, please get in touch with Dr Clare Twigger-Ross, CEP: c.twigger-ross@cep.co.uk | 020 7407 8700. If you have any questions about the wider ReMEDIES project, please contact Dr Emma Hinton, NE: Emma.Hinton@naturalengland.org.uk | 0208 026 6606. If you have a complaint about the conduct of the research, please contact Maurice Bottomley, Faculty Research Ethics and Integrity Committee Research Administrator, Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, 4th Flr Rolle Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA | FOHsethics@plymouth.ac.uk.

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* 1. Thank you for taking the time to read the information sheet, if you are happy to take part in this survey, please click to give your consent in the box below and then go to the first question.