The Mass Observation Archive - Nature 2020

by Sarah Ryman

NATURE2020 during lockdown: Recognising the importance of the natural environment during the pandemic.

2020 marks the end of the UN Decade on Biodiversity - an opportunity to reflect on the state of wildlife and conservation both globally and locally. Nature2020 was intended as a year of activities to celebrate and highlight the natural environment of The Living Coast, Brighton and Lewes’ local biosphere reserve, and to actively engage more people in the care and conservation of local nature. Now, Nature2020 is working in collaboration with the Mass Observation Archive to record people’s experiences of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve put together the guidance below to enable you to share your experiences with Nature2020 and the Mass Observation Archive.

Share your Experience - Submit here

You are welcome to submit responses as writings, photos or drawings. These writings or drawings can be in any style and there is no prescribed length. No emphasis is placed on spelling or grammar. Please don’t feel limited by notions of quality or be concerned with ‘doing it right.’ Mass Observation is for everyone.

The following formats are acceptable:

  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • PDF/UA, PDF/A or PDF (.pdf)
  • OpenDocument Text (.odt)
  • plain text (.txt)
  • widely-used formats: MS Word (.doc/.docx), MS Excel (.xls/.xlsx)
  • JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg)
  • GIF (.gif)
  • TIFF other versions (.tif, .tiff)

Sound or video files are not able to be submitted or hard copies.

Your Identity

Nature2020 will publish material received online. Please ensure your submission(s) does not contain any identifiable information. Please use initials instead of real names. The Mass Observation Archive is publicly accessible. It is based at The Keep and is used by researchers of all kinds. Please be mindful of this and protect your identity in your submission(s). You can write anonymously, but please provide your details as part of the submission process, so that staff can contact you if needed.

Your Copyright

We ask that you assign the copyright of this work toNature2020 and The Archive to enable your writing to be used for teaching, research, community engagement and in the media. We are happy to discuss this with you if you would prefer to retain your copyright. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. If you are happy to do this, please include the following statement in your work:


Deadline for contributions: October 30th 2020

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