Chris Packham helps launch the soil and earthworm survey

Chris Packham and children at the survey launchWildlife presenter Chris Packham helped launch the soil and earthworm survey this week in Kensington Gardens, London.

Chris joined children from St Albans School to take part in the study, the first of five OPAL surveys that ask the public to contribute to important scientific research.


A-Level students help conserve heathland

Students surveying vegetationThe Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be using data collected by A-Level students on Strawberry Heath near Mansfield to see how effective their heathland management techniques are.

Heathlands are vital habitats but are in decline throughout the UK. They are home to some of Britain’s rarest and most exciting wildlife, including smooth snakes and adders.


Introducing OPAL Yorkshire and Humber


As this is my first blog post, I thought it best to start with introductions. I'm Sarah, the Community Scientist for OPAL Yorkshire and Humber, which means it's my job to link together scientists and the public.

The OPAL Yorkshire and Humber team photo

This is a photo of the team. Left to right we have:

Piran White, who supervises Sal (far right) on her PhD


Find a splash of colour on our city high-flyers

Blue tit with colour tagOPAL is asking residents across Birmingham to help scientists with a major project that aims to understand how some of our best-loved garden birds survive in the city.

Working with the city council, teams from the University of Birmingham’s Schools of Geography and Biosciences have used coloured rings to tag 12 common garden bird species including the blue tit, great tit and chaffinch.


Join us at our launch events this weekend (6/7 Dec)

Children at a spider workshopThis weekend, we are celebrating the launch of OPAL with a range of fun activities in York, Mansfield, Plymouth and London, where you can discover more about the natural world around you.

Saturday 6 December 2008
Wild about woods - Plymouth
Winter wildlife fun day - Mansfield