Explore nature – free tools and activities

The Learning Lab

Learning Lab screengrab

Discover what data can do, test your nature knowledge and learn about our surveys.

The world of OPAL is at your fingertips in our interactive online learning tool.


Finding insects with a sweep net

Want to find wildlife against the clock? Then you need to try a bioblitz! 

Find out about how you can get involved in one or run your own.


Study your local orchard

Lichens on a fruit tree

Start discovering orchard biodiversity with our free guides.

Find out how organisms you may not normally notice play important roles in ecosystems.



Discover heathland

Heathland plants

Lowland heathland is one of Britain's rarest and most threatened habitats.

Learn more about it – and the unique flora and fauna living there – with our resources.


Improve your ID skills

Person holding a newt

Want to develop your nature identification skills?

Download one of our free guides or join the iSpot community.



Weather science

Snow on high ground

Your climate change questions answered, how to make your own weather station and more...

Get involved in activities developed by OPAL scientists and Met Office experts.

Garden wildlife tips

A butterfly

From flowers to insect hotels, there are many ways to attract wildlife to your garden.

Here are some ideas for your own garden: