Protecting heathland with Young Diverse Minds

OPAL East Midlands has been working with a number of community groups in the area to raise awareness of the importance of heathland and the steps we can take to prevent its decline.

Young Diverse Minds (YDM) is one such group. Based in Nottingham, YDM supports people aged 16 to 30 from African, Caribbean, Asian or dual-heritage cultures who have mental health support needs. They place particular emphasis on helping people re-engage with their community.


Caption competition

Gill took this photo, and it's just begging for a caption competition. 

So, entries below please...

The prize? The glory of winning the first OPAL caption competition of course! And if there are some really super ones, maybe a prezzie from the Natural History Museum shop.



New species of moth found using iSpot

Euonymus Leaf Notcher (Pryeria sinica)A new UK moth species has been discovered by a schoolgirl in Berkshire, on her windowsill at home.

Kate Dobbins, aged 6, was intrigued to see a strange-looking moth inside her house in Upper Bucklebury. Her father decided to submit a photo of the moth, which has an unusual furry body and long hairs, to the OPAL iSpot website to find out what it could be.

Scientists on show at the Natural History Museum!

It's a really exciting time at the Natural History Museum at the moment - our brand new Darwin Centre has just opened!  It contains a new state-of-the-art eight storey high (and egg-shaped!) space to store our collections (aptly named 'the cocoon') and a series of new galleries where the public can look in at scientists at work - including me!  We were very excited to have Prince William and Sir David Attenborough here at the 'Grand Opening'!!


Are there frogs and hedgehogs living in your garden?

OPAL scientists are asking residents in the Marfleet area of Hull to take part in a garden wildlife survey.

The research project, called Slime and Spine 2009, sets out to see how many frogs, newts, toads and hedgehogs are making their home in our gardens.

Residents in Marfleet will receive a postcard through their door asking them to report any sightings on the OPAL Yorkshire and Humberside website.