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This summer holiday- get out with the kids and explore nature

The summer holidays are upon us! If you are looking for exciting, original and educational activities to do with the kids, look no more. OPAL has oodles of different activities that are suitable for the whole family. This summer, make the most of the outdoors and explore nature.

Polli:Nation Awareness Survey. Deadline 31st July, 2015

Contribute to some vital research by completing this quick survey on UK pollinators. The results will form part of a wider project called Polli:Nation, which aims to engage school children with pollinators and promote citizen science.

Please return the questionnaires by post to:

Sarah Morris
c/o Dr David Slawson (OPAL) Centre for Environmental Policy Imperial College London
13 Prince's Gardens
South Kensington Campus London
SW7 1NA 

OPAL Tree Health Survey – The first two years

Why study tree pests and diseases?

Two years ago, trees and their pests and diseases were in the news. Chalara dieback of ash had been found in the UK in the previous autumn (2012), an event of such magnitude that the Government even convened meetings of its Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) committee, which is reserved for instances of international, national or regional crises. Never before had it met for a tree disease.

Nature lovers can now get involved with citizen science across the United Kingdom

From the 18th May, people of all ages from across the whole of the UK can now contribute to scientific research in their local area on everything from invasive species to environmental quality, through the Open Air Laboratories programme (OPAL). The expansion has been made possible by a £3 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Scientists to investigate why people submit survey results

OPAL scientists in York have launched a study exploring why people do – or do not – submit their results after taking part in an OPAL survey.

The study, which is being carried out by our team at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, is being funded by Defra.



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