Audio Donation Box – Forestry Commission Wales
it can..educate visitors about the Kite so they know what to listen out for when exploring the site and to be aware of and appreciate the work these people carry out.
The Forestry Commission, Wales approached blackbox-av requesting a special donation box for one of their Visitor Centres, a box which played sound effects whenever a donation was made.
In response to this, we created the Audio Donation Box (which is now a standard product in our online store). Sensors sit inside a beautiful oak unit topped with vandal proof Perspex and detect when a coin or note donation is made. In response the donation box plays a sound effect or message. A security sensor was also built into the unit to alert staff of misuse and attempted theft, further increasing the security of this durable yet simple and elegant device.
For the Forestry Commission, the audio used is the call of a Red Kite, a bird once common to Britain though nearly exterminated hundreds of years ago due to its reputation as a pest. Since then, people determined not to see this impressive bird vanish from our land carefully bred and reintroduced Kites to the wild. The Forestry Commission themselves are working with charities such as the RSPB and the Welsh Kite Trust to secure nesting sites for these birds as well as to provide a place where people can experience them in their natural habitat.
The Audio Donation Box not only draws more attention to itself through sound, encouraging donation through action and reaction, it can also educate visitors about the Kite so they know what to listen out for when exploring the site and to be aware of and appreciate the work these people carry out.