A celebration of OPAL's work in its first five years
The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an exciting initiative that is open to anyone with an interest in nature.
We aim to create and inspire a new generation of nature-lovers by getting people to explore, study, enjoy and protect their local environment. In 2007 OPAL received a grant of £11.75 million from the Big Lottery Fund.
How are we doing this?
OPAL is developing a wide range of local and national programmes to encourage people from all backgrounds to get back in touch with nature. The project also generates valuable scientific data concerning the state of our environment.
By bringing scientists, amateur-experts, local interest groups and the public closer together, lasting relationships are being formed and environmental issues of local and global relevance are being explored.
The OPAL project
OPAL began in 2007. A total of 15 partners are working together to deliver OPAL projects. The entire OPAL portfolio is headed by Imperial College, London.
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Tree health survey
Learn more about the trees around you and provide scientists with vital information about their health.
Climate survey – take part today
Learn more about weather and climate with a few simple experiments.
Join in the OPAL air survey
Investigate lichens on trees and find out about local air pollution.
Take part in Bugs Count
Find as many bugs as you can in 15 minutes and tell us what you find.
Join in the OPAL earthworm survey
Look for earthworms and help scientists with valuable research.
Take part in an OPAL event near you
From pond-dipping and bat walks to training courses and surveys, find out about local activities and events.