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Is connectedness to nature important in understanding opinions towards rewilding in the UK? 

About the study 

Due to the increasing awareness of biodiversity loss in the UK, rewilding has steadily become a more often proposed approach to address ecological restoration. Rewilding is a topic that has the potential to divide opinion due to the variety of ways in which it can affect different groups within communities. Individual connectedness to nature can also influence attitudes and opinions towards nature, biodiversity loss and rewilding. This survey aims to investigate the relationships between nature connectedness and attitudes towards the use of rewilding as a conservation tool to help halt continued biodiversity loss.  

Why have you asked me to take part? 

Ecological degradation and biodiversity loss are issues that affects everyone in the UK. Your opinions regarding ecological restoration and how connected you feel to nature are an important consideration in the ongoing conversation regarding how we tackle these issues. 

What will I be required to do? 

You will be presented with statements related to rewilding and ask to select the option that best reflects your support to the statement. You will also be presented with a series of questions that describe connectedness to nature, again you will select the option that best describes your relationship with the natural world. Finally a short series of question will collect some demographic information to help us to better understand the survey responses. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

What happens to the research data?  

The data from this research will be written up as an undergraduate dissertation thesis that explores the relationships between nature connectedness and rewilding. Participants are welcome to request a copy of the final report via email from the researcher (s1701461@uni.cumbria.ac.uk)  

What happens if I change my mind during the study? 

Your participation in the study is entirely voluntary. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time without having to provide a reason for doing so.  

Will the information be anonymous?  

Anonymity is guaranteed as no names or contact details are asked for. Due to the nature of this approach, once you have submitted a completed survey we will not be able to identify your answers for removal. Only completed surveys will be used in the research.  

How can I find out more information? 

If you have any further questions on this study, you can contact the researcher directly: 

Rebecca Walker, s1701461@uni.cumbria.ac.uk 

What if I want to complain about the research?  

In this event you can contact the researcher directly. Or alternatively you can make a formal complaint via Heather Prince, Director of Research Office, University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD. heather.prince@cumbria.ac.uk