Competition encourages schools to shout about wildlife

Schools in the south west have the chance to win a tour of some of the world’s most cutting-edge marine technology.

OPAL South West and Plymouth University have launched a competition giving pupils and teachers the chance to shout about wildlife projects they have carried out.

Schoolchildren studying wildlifeThe winners will need to show they have had a positive impact on local wildlife or helped to improve understanding of biodiversity.

All entries will be displayed as part of an exhibition at Plymouth University in May, and the winners will be given a tour of the new Marine Building, including an exclusive session in the state-of-the-art ship simulator.

“We wanted to run a competition to encourage more schools to get outdoors and explore their local biodiversity,” said OPAL community scientist Alison Smith.

“Our experience has shown that engaging young people in this way helps them to learn about the importance of looking after the environment and inspires them to learn more about the world around them.”

The competition is open to primary, secondary and special schools in Devon and Cornwall. Schools can enter any project they have worked on related to local wildlife.

To enter, email a brief description of your project to