On Our Wave Length

On Our Wave Length was a youth-led research project exploring environmental impacts on coastal communities. This project was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered in partnership with Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland. 

On Our Wave Length logo, image of whales tail in water

Our young researchers were based in Argyll and Bute, Fife, North Berwick, South Ayrshire and the Western Isles. As this was youth-led research they had complete freedom to explore the issues that matter most to them and their communities whether this was climate change, industry, pollution, impacts on wildlife, oceans and so on. They were supported by experts including Scottish Natural Heritage and Marine Conservation Society as well as finding local advice in their communities. 

To ensure the young researcher’s findings were shared far and wide they used creative methods for storytelling. The tradition of storytelling is that stories are passed on and so through sharing findings in this way will help ensure that their key messages are spread throughout Scotland, hopefully for years to come. 

Watch this video from the young researchers from North Berwick Youth Project talking about their research focused on fishing litter and litter more generally. 

The Western Isles young researchers focused their research on life on a remote island called Mingulay, now compared with 100 years ago. Watch their short film below.

Hear from our young researchers from Argyll and Bute who focused their research on recycling and understanding what they can and can’t recycle in their local area. 

Contact our Research Team

If you're interested in hearing more about On Our Wave Length or any other youth-led research projects contact our Senior Policy and Research Officer Dr Amy Calder