Eight ways to explore nature this Halloween


The nights are drawing in and Halloween is approaching, but enjoying this spooky celebration doesn't have to be just about eating sweets and scaring your friends.

Why not use this time of year to learn more about the creepier, crawlier creatures in your home, garden or local park? You could host a nature-themed Halloween party for your friends and family.

You might even discover that bats, bugs and slugs aren't as scary as you think.


New micro-moth guide published

A free identification guide to some of the smaller moths found in the British Isles has been published.

From Adelidae to Ypsolophidae, nearly 50 micro-moth families are included in the guide, produced by the Garden Moth Scheme (GMS) and OPAL West Midlands.


Guest Blog: Sun and Fun in Wakefield

Hi, my name is Kevin Rich and I'm one of two OPAL MSc students working on the fabulous sites of Upton and Fitzwilliam Country Parks in Wakefield. I'll be posting here over the next year to keep you up-to-date with our projects.

Last week, I had a great day wandering round these wildlife havens looking for Butterflies with Dr Terry Crawford. We discovered a field full of pupating Burnet Moth caterpillars. I took this photograph which shows the caterpillar before (left) and during the pupating stage (right).


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