OPAL Bugs Count Survey


Help us investigate how the built environment affects invertebrates

Naomi Wilkinson with slug

Join in our nationwide bug hunt. The best time to do this survey is from May to November.

Do you know what bugs are living near you? Take part in Bugs Count and discover the incredible variety of invertebrates that make their homes around us.

Find as many bugs as you can in our timed challenges and keep a special eye out for the six Species Quest bugs.

Your findings will help scientists learn more about the distribution of invertebrates across the country and how the urban environment may be affecting them.

How to take part

  • Step 1 – Download and print the documents in English or in Welsh, ideally in colour.
  • Step 2 – Find a suitable area and start looking for bugs!
  • Step 3 – Tell us what you find using our simple online form.

Enter your results online

Just want to submit a Species Quest sighting?

Use the form below to tell us about a Species Quest bug you've spotted outside the survey. Please include a photo if you can.

Problems entering your results online?

Send your results to:

OPAL, Centre for Environmental Policy,
Imperial College,
South Kensington,
London SW7 2AZ.

Downloads – what you need to get involved

Survey pack

Also available:

Download all the resources above in a single ZIP file:

Looking for the Welsh language survey pack?

Group leaders and schools

Download our group leader support guide, example risk assessment, and our new recording sheets for schools:

By downloading this survey you agree to the terms and conditions for the OPAL Bugs Count Survey

Watch it

Get our free app

Explore bug ID tips and facts, and submit your Species Quest photos from your mobile.

View the results

Bugs Count results map

Crawlies aren't creepy!

Bugs, or invertebrates, are a vital part of our environment. They can pollinate plants, recycle nutrients, and they provide an
important food source for birds and mammals.

Policy and regulation

To find out about the current health of UK biodiversity and Government plans to protect wildlife, visit: