Community Environment Report

OPAL inspires thousands to discover the outdoors

More than half a million people across the country have been inspired to discover their local environment through OPAL.

A report published today has revealed that the project, led by Imperial College London and supported by a Big Lottery Fund grant, has also mapped more than 25,000 sites across England, including areas never sampled before by scientists.

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Community Environment Report – OPAL achievements and findings 2007-2012

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Over the first five years of the OPAL project, more than half a million people from towns and cities up and down the country explored their local green spaces.

Many participants were carrying out a nature survey for the very first time and provided important data about biodiversity, including information about some places never sampled before by scientists.

The interim findings of these years were published in OPAL's Community Environment Report.

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