ARTHUR HARMSWORTH Playing amongst the wilds The project is an insertion into the complex ecology of the RSPB site at Arne, in Poole Harbour on the South coast of England. Though the site is filled with life – multitudes of birds, insects, plants, and all six species of the UK’s native reptiles, as well as tourists, conservationists, fishermen, farmers and residents – Playing amongst the wilds focuses on 4 key players: Godwits, migratory wading birds that spend their winters at Arne in their thousands, Sika deer, and invasive Asian species that came to Arne from Brownsea Island manor where they were ornamental pets, the RSPB conservationists and the harbour’s fishermen. Rather than try to design architecture specifically for the godwits and deer, the pavilions provide programmes for the human conservationists and fishermen: Observant beasts used as research centres for monitoring the site’s delicate ecology, Janic beasts that take on dual roles of petting zoos and deer stalkers’ high seats, a central data centre for the collation of site information collected by the beasts and dissemination of this information to the conservationists and fishermen, and a market for the fish and venison caught on sight. Observant Beast Pencil drawing with digital colour, showing the observant beast pavilion, it’s relationship to the players and its setting. Janic Beast Pencil drawing with digital colour, showing the janic beast migratory pavilion, it’s relationship to the players and its setting. Playing amongst the wilds Drawing in digital media, showing the pavilions at Arne from the perspective of a resident godwit. Conservationist communication system Drawing in digital media, showing the communication system that the conservationists use to analyse and monitor the site.