Help us investigate how the built environment affects invertebrates
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,
London SW7 2AZ.
- Bugs Count Survey Booklet (PDF, 2.3MB)
Instructions and recording sheet.
- Invertebrate Identification Guide (PDF, 3MB)
Illustrated cards to help identify the bugs you find.
- Species Quest Identification Guide (PDF, 404KB)
Can you find these six species?
- Bugs Count poster (PDF, 822KB)
A guide for your wall that shows where invertebrates might be hiding.
- Bugs Count Survey recording sheet (PDF, 149KB)
Easy-to-print recording sheets (black and white).
Download all the resources above in a single ZIP file:
- Complete OPAL Bugs Count Survey pack (ZIP, 5.9MB)
Looking for the Welsh language survey pack?
Visit the Welsh Bugs Count page
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
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Explore bug ID tips and facts, and submit your Species Quest photos from your mobile.
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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: