Open Air Laboratories gets you close to nature with national surveys and our community scientist network

Recording the animals and plants species you see around you is vital to protecting the UK’s wildlife.

OPAL has been recognised for its outstanding work in engaging the public with science and nature.

West London pupils joined OPAL scientists to learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators.

Help scientists track the spread of this slimy invader in the UK.

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OPAL partners

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