Scotland

Community Champion: Marcia Rae

OPAL Community Champion - Marcia RaeMarcia Rae
Inverness, Scottish Highlands

How are you using OPAL to make a difference in the community?

I used the OPAL Water Survey to work with local schools in Inverness to assess the quality of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). There are 40 SuDS ponds in the city and we wished to assess their benefit to biodiversity in the urban environment.

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Community Champion: Ali Cush

Ali CushAli Cush
Inchinnan, Renfrewshire

How are you using OPAL to make a difference in the community?

We have been using OPAL to enhance the outdoor learning sessions Rangers deliver in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and promote them to teachers as well as groups completing their John Muir Awards in the National Park. 

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Community Champion: Scott Gardner

Scott GardnerScott Gardner
Alloa, Clackmannanshire

How are you using OPAL to make a difference in the community?

I have been using the OPAL resources at local primary schools, youth clubs, and local green projects. This has benefitted all involved and has educated them to have a wider range of knowledge of the outdoors and what grows and lives there.

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When we went down to the woods that day...

By Matt Keyse
OPAL Community Scientist, FSC Scotland

Scotland is blessed with a variety of natural assets and resources. Many large companies and organisations are involved with rural industries like forestry, farming and conservation but are struggling to find a supply of knowledgeable, skilled and experienced staff.

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Developing our next generation of environmental scientists

By Matt Keyse
OPAL Community Scientist, FSC Scotland

It was a cold but bright morning at St. Maurice’s pond in Cumbernauld. The weary February sun hovered just above the tree line, reflecting off of the thin layer of ice forming over the water.

With some trepidation a group of Greenfaulds High School students, currently studying the new Higher Environmental Science course, grabbed a variety of sampling equipment and made their way gingerly away from the car park towards the water. 

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Preparing for the year ahead - staff training at FSC Kindrogan

By Matt Keyse
OPAL Community Scientist, FSC Scotland

Two things occured to me as I turned the corner into FSC Kindrogan this week. Firstly I had forgotten just how blessed the area is for its lichen communities.

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What do you get when you mix mud, museums and minibeasts?

By Joanne Dempster
OPAL Community Scientist, Glasgow City of Science

Last month, we brought all these ingredients together to hold a weekend of citizen science workshops at the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC), the first time we had run an event with the centre.

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Glasgow vounteers go daft for daffs

Volunteers and OPAL staff in Scotland have planted 2,015 daffodil bulbs and wild flowers to create a sustainable science garden in the heart of Glasgow.

The garden, which is based in Elder Park in the Govan area of the city, will also celebrate the forthcoming Glasgow Year of Green 2015.

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OPAL joins Glasgow's science hub to total 55 partners

OPAL has become the 55th partner to join the pioneering Glasgow City of Science (GCoS) partnership.

GCoS aims to raise the profile of the region as a world-class science destination and leverage science and technology to boost sustainable economic development and quality of life.

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