Biodiversity survey – join in now
The best time to do this survey is from April to November.
What’s living in your hedge?
Take part in the OPAL biodiversity survey and uncover the diverse range of wildlife in our hedges. You’ll contribute to valuable research and learn more about the importance of hedges and how you can improve them.
Hedges support many animals by providing them with food and shelter. Berries and seeds are food for birds, while holes beneath the hedge are often home to small mammals. You’ll also discover caterpillars, shieldbugs and many other invertebrates living among the leaves.
By telling us what you find, we can instantly rate the condition of your hedge and offer suggestions on how to improve it.
How to take part
Step 1: Download the easy-to-follow instructions and guides below. You can skip this step if you've already received one of our biodiversity survey packs.
Step 2: Find a suitable hedge to carry out the survey and answer the questions in the workbook. Use our guide to help you identify the invertebrates you might find.
Step 3: Submit your results using our simple online form.
Please show care and respect to our environment.
Many animals rely on hedges for food and shelter.
Enter your findings and view results so far
Downloads - what you need to get involved
Alternatively, download the whole survey pack (all of the above) as one zip file
You may download these documents for use in the context of the OPAL project only. All other rights are reserved.
Group leader support - planning, advice and ideas