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OPAL collaborates with the golf industry to pilot the use of citizen science surveys to monitor biodiversity and environmental quality of golf courses.

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The OPAL partnership is led by Imperial College London and includes:

Field Studies Council
Glasgow City of Science
National Museum Wales
Newcastle University
North Wales Wildlife Trust

Plymouth University
Queen's University Belfast
University of Aberdeen
University of Nottingham
University of York