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Community Champion: Rebecca Cairns

Rebecca CairnsRebecca Cairns
Stirling, Scotland

How are you using OPAL to make a difference in the community?

Over the past year working as a Discovering Nature Trainee with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) I have been working with community groups within the Inner Forth/Central Belt region in Scotland. My main role has been to engage with different community groups to encourage them to use and explore their local green spaces.  

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Join us at Neighbours with Nature in Yorkshire

Mapping post-industrial site

OPAL community scientist Natalie Welden, and everyone at OPAL York, invite you to our upcoming national networking event - Neighbours with Nature - on 14 May 2016.

The theme is the role of custodians in conservation, emphasising the importance of communities in protecting and enhancing the local environment.

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OPAL data tracks spread of Tree Bumblebee

Tree bumblebee nectaring on marjoram

OPAL Species Quest survey data has provided an invaluable insight into the spread of the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum), writes community scientist Annie Robinson.

The data has recently been utilised in a publication by OPAL scientists at the University of Aberdeen, comparing how citizen science recording schemes can map distribution of species compared to more traditional recording schemes.  

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Polli:Nation Survey

 

Cymraeg

The Polli:Nation survey is a large-scale national survey that will provide answers to important research questions about the health and status of pollinating insects across the UK.

You can contribute to this research by becoming a citizen scientist and surveying your local patch (school grounds, park or garden) for pollinators.

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Community Champion: Marcia Rae

OPAL Community Champion - Marcia RaeMarcia Rae
Inverness, Scottish Highlands

How are you using OPAL to make a difference in the community?

I used the OPAL Water Survey to work with local schools in Inverness to assess the quality of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). There are 40 SuDS ponds in the city and we wished to assess their benefit to biodiversity in the urban environment.

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