Help scientists track the spread of the New Zealand flatworm

New Zealand flatworm

OPAL Scientists are asking members of the public to help them to better understand how far the New Zealand Flatworm has spread in the UK, and what effect this slimy invader is having on the local environment.

Introduced to the UK on imported plant material in the 1960s, the New Zealand Flatworm eats our native earthworms, which are essential to healthy soils and food chains.

8 things we’ve learned from the first year of the Polli:Nation survey

Last year saw the launch of Polli:Nation, a large-scale national survey that is providing answers to important research questions about the health and status of pollinating insects across the UK. Polli:Nation Project Officer Vanessa Barber reports back on an eventful first season.

New report highlights impact of nitrogen deposition on native plants in the UK

Atmospheric nitrogen deposition is silently ravaging our plant communities and the precious habitats they underpin, says Plantlife, Europe's largest charity dedicated to wild flowers and other plants, in a recent report entitled We Need to Talk About Nitrogen.

OPAL starts work with the golf industry

The Golf Club Management magazine has reported that a national project to survey the golf sector’s potential contributions to the environment has been launched in collaboration between OPAL/Imperial College London and Environmental Solutions International as well as organisations from the golf industry, which include the British and International Golf Greenkeepers' Association (BIGGA), the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) and England Golf.

OPAL featured in UK Plant Health Information Portal

The UK Plant Health Information Portal, an online hub for plant health information, data and resources launched by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has featured OPAL in its citizen science section as one of the initiatives that could provide opportunities for members of the public to get involved in combatting threats to plant health.

Community Champions: Jon Berry & Nature In Mind

The OPAL Community Champions scheme aims to acknowledge the contribution made by individuals to the OPAL network, to thank people for their efforts, and to act as an inspiration for others. OPAL's Community Champions are nominated by OPAL's team of Community Scientists from across the UK. Click here to read more about one of our Community Champions, Jon Berry and Nature in Mind!


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