OPAL will give people the tools and support to identify, monitor and record plants and wildlife in their local area. This will lead to the first community-led study of the natural world.
The OPAL project has been awarded an £11.7m grant by the Big Lottery Fund to encourage people to spend more time outside exploring their local environments.
Steve Leonard, said, “OPAL is a great way for people to find out more about the wildlife that exists right on their doorstep. By getting involved in these fun and free activities, people can help uncover new insights into the environment where they live.”
Anyone can take part in OPAL activities, You could help to develop a growing body of knowledge about the natural world by getting up close and personal with the the worms that live in your garden, discovering what lives in your local pond, assessing the condition of local woodland or measuring leaf sizes.
There will be a special weekend of festive-themed events on 6 and 7 December in London, York, Nottingham and Plymouth where you will have the chance to sample some typical OPAL activities, learn about local wildlife and hear from key people involved with the project.
Take a look at the OPAL website to find out what is being planned near where you live. The website will be developing rapidly over the coming months with the chance to participate in blogs and forums as well as keeping up with events and finding out more about nature and how you can become involved with the project.
Let us know what you think. Join the OPAL community now and add your comments to this page.