ATTITUDES TO TRANSLOCATION

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

1. Invitation to research

We would like to invite you to take part in a survey looking into opinions surrounding translocation, which is the movement of plants or animals from one area to another area, where they are released. This study will focus on the movement of animals for conservation purposes. The study is being conducted as a part of a PhD project at Manchester Metropolitan University.

2. Why have I been invited?

We are recruiting participants resident in European countries from the general public, conservation professionals (e.g. zookeepers, conservationists), and policymakers (e.g. non-governmental organisations, thinktanks), to gain a broad range of opinions from different societal groups.

3. Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide. We will describe the study and go through the information sheet. We will then ask you to confirm your consent to take part at the end of the information. You must agree with questions 1-5 to take part in the study; questions 6-7 are optional and you do not have to agree with these to take part in the study. You are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason, up to 6 months after you have completed the survey. Please keep a note of the participant identifier (‘Participant ID’) you create at the beginning of the survey; if you wish to withdraw from the study, we will need this to identify your responses and remove them.

4. What will I be asked to do?

The study uses a web-based survey, through which you will be asked questions to explore your opinions of the use of translocation in conservation. The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete. Before you begin the survey, you will be asked to confirm that you consent to participating in this study. Responses will be stored in line with University policy.

5. Are there any risks if I participate?

No risks have been identified for participation in this study.

6. Are there any advantages if I participate?

There are no direct rewards for participating in this study, however your participation will contribute towards our understanding of the priorities of different groups in translocation planning.

7. What will happen with the data I provide?

When you agree to participate in this research, we will collect from you personally-identifiable information. 

The Manchester Metropolitan University (‘the University’) is the Data Controller in respect of this research and any personal data that you provide as a research participant. 

The University is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and manages personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the University’s Data Protection policy.

We collect personal data as part of this research (such as name or age). As a public authority acting in the public interest we rely upon the ‘public task’ lawful basis. When we collect special category data (such as ethnicity) we rely upon the research and archiving purposes in the public interest lawful basis.  

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. 

We will not share your personal data collected in this form with any third parties.

If your data is shared this will be under the terms of a Research Collaboration Agreement, which defines use and agrees confidentiality and information security provisions. It is the University’s policy to only publish anonymised data unless you have given your explicit written consent to be identified in the research. The University never sells personal data to third parties. 

We will only retain your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the research purpose. Data will be password-protected and stored in a secure online location. Data will be fully anonymised, and you will be asked upon beginning the survey to create a unique participant ID that does not disclose your identity. 

For further information about use of your personal data and your data protection rights please see the University’s Data Protection pages.

8. What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results of this study will contribute to the researcher’s PhD thesis, and will be disseminated through conference presentations and/or publication in peer-reviewed journals. Participants will be given a link to a blog, which can be subscribed to for updates on the project.

9. Who has reviewed this research project?

The project has been reviewed by two supervisors and has been granted full ethical approval by Manchester Metropolitan University.

10. Who do I contact if I have concerns about this study or I wish to complain?

If you have any concerns regarding this project, please contact Anita Hashmi (PhD researcher, anita.hashmi@stu.mmu.ac.uk), Professor Richard Preziosi (supervisor, r.preziosi@mmu.ac.uk), Dr Sarah Chan (supervisor, sarah.chan@ed.ac.uk) or Dr Gethin Evans (Science and Engineering Faculty Head of Research Ethics and Governance, gethin.evans@mmu.ac.uk). If you have any concerns regarding the personal data collected from you, our Data Protection Officer can be contacted using the legal@mmu.ac.uk e-mail address, by calling 0161 247 3331 or in writing to: Data Protection Officer, Legal Services, All Saints Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M15 6BH. You also have a right to lodge a complaint in respect of the processing of your personal data with the Information Commissioner’s Office as the supervisory authority. Please see: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/