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Polli:Nation Survey


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.


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.


Citizen science: a fad or the future?

Citizen science conference

The first conference of its kind was held by OPAL partners and invited guests at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff on 1 December 2015 - an event which sought to examine the current state of Citizen Science.

Delegates braved the wet weather to attend a day of thought-provoking presentations and interactive workshops, all surrounding the question and title of the day:

'Citizen Science: A Fad or the Future?'


Community Champion: Kiani Perera

Kiani PereraKiani Perera
Wrexham, North Wales

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

I use OPAL by assisting Iwan - who is the North Wales Wildlife Trust's OPAL Community Scientist - with carrying out the six OPAL surveys, with schools around North Wales. I teach these young children about our environment and why it is so important for us to look after it.


Community Champion: Leanne Thomas Evans

Leanne Thomas EvansLeanne Thomas Evans
Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent

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

OPAL has given me resources, training and the knowledge to teach the groups that I am in contact with about the environment.  

I use the resources at the primary school where I work, in the local beaver, cubs and scout groups, at Forest School sessions and most recently at the local children’s park which is undergoing development.  

I also attend local events where OPAL is present to enjoy the activities with my family and further my nature knowledge.


Community Champion: Ali Cush

Ali CushAli Cush
Inchinnan, Renfrewshire

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

We have been using OPAL to enhance the outdoor learning sessions Rangers deliver in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and promote them to teachers as well as groups completing their John Muir Awards in the National Park. 



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