East Midlands

Blooming marvellous new look for park

A public park in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, has been transformed after OPAL worked with the local community to introduce a wildflower meadow.

The meadow in King George V Park has been in full bloom throughout the summer creating a colourful carpet of daisies, poppies and other flowers for local residents and pollinators to enjoy.

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Teachers go wild about learning

Educators from across the Midlands learnt more about getting pupils into the great outdoors at a free OPAL conference on Saturday.

Escape from the Classroom was hosted by OPAL East Midlands in partnership with the University of Derby and Derby City Council.

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The Dirt Collector Returns

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

More Ammonia

Here is the latest video in the Dirt Collector series. Here I am checking one of my ammonia posts to make sure that all is well. This particular one is on Clumber Park in Sherwood Forest.

 

 

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More Nitrogen Deposition

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

Sampling and Sabotage

Nitrogen deposition comes in many forms. It can be diffuse, deposited in rain or from industry, or it can be more localised, from a single farm stocked with cattle or chickens for example. I have already investigated the former with bioassays and modelled nitrogen data. But the latter can be so localised, a matter of hundreds of meters, that it cannot be modelled. Therefore, it has to be measured in the field.

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Soil Collection Begins

 by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham
 

To start my nitrogen pollution experiments, I have to collect soil samples from every site.

I only need a small amount, so it won’t be damaging to the habitats. Each site has different levels of nitrogen pollution, so I am hoping that each soil sample with be different. Once I have collected the soil I will bring it back to my laboratory and grow heather in it for a number of months.

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