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Children taking part in the soil and earthworm survey

Help OPAL scientists with valuable research, learn new skills, have fun

OPAL is running surveys across the UK to learn more about the state of our environment, and we’d like everyone to get involved.

The surveys explore the health of our soils and trees, the quality of our air and water, the distribution of invertebrates, the importance of hedges, and the ways in which we affect our climate.

We'll provide easy-to-follow survey instructions and all the support you'll need.

Your contribution will be important in helping scientists build up a picture of the UK's natural environment.


Tree health survey – how healthy are the trees in your neighbourhood?

Young women surveying trees

Discover more about the trees around you and help scientists learn more about the pests and diseases attacking trees in the UK.




Bugs Count – which bugs are living near you?

Join in a timed challenge to find as many bugs as you can. Tell us what you find and you'll help scientists learn more about how the built environment affects invertebrates. Don't forget to keep an eye out for one of our six key species.




Biodiversity survey – what wildlife is supported by your hedge?

Is your local hedge a haven for beetles, birds, mice and other wildlife? Learn more about the animals that hedges support. Discover ways to improve it and compare your results with other hedges around the country.




Water survey – what creatures are lurking in your pond?

How healthy is your local pond or lake? The animals that live there can give important clues about the water quality. Record what you discover and contribute to valuable national research.




Air survey – what can lichens tell us about air quality?

Sycamore leaf with tar spot

Look for lichens and record tar spot on sycamore leaves to discover more about air pollution and local air quality.




Soil and earthworm survey – which earthworms are living in your local area?

Discover more about earthworms and the soils they live in. Contribute to important scientific research and help update our national record on earthworm distribution.