Data entry for the OPAL Bugs Count Survey is now closed. However, survey resources and identification guides can still be downloaded for free below.
Thank you to all those who took part in the survey!
Survey data submissions can be viewed on the OPAL Data Explorer. In addition, Bugs Count Survey data will soon be available for download from the OPAL website.
The best time to do this survey is from May to November.
Do you know what bugs are living near you? Take part in Bugs Count and discover the incredible variety of invertebrates that make their homes around us.
Find as many bugs as you can in our timed challenges and keep a special eye out for the six Species Quest bugs.
How to take part
- Step 1 – Download and print the documents in English or in Welsh, ideally in colour.
- Step 2 – Find a suitable area and start looking for bugs!
- Bugs Count Survey Booklet (PDF, 2.3MB)
Instructions and recording sheet.
- Invertebrate Identification Guide (PDF, 3MB)
Illustrated cards to help identify the bugs you find.
- Species Quest Identification Guide (PDF, 404KB)
Can you find these six species?
- Bugs Count poster (PDF, 822KB)
A guide for your wall that shows where invertebrates might be hiding.
- Bugs Count Survey recording sheet (PDF, 149KB)
Easy-to-print recording sheets (black and white).
Looking for the Welsh language survey pack?
- Visit the Welsh Bugs Count page
Group leaders and schools
Download our group leader support guide, example risk assessment, and our new recording sheets for schools:
By downloading this survey you agree to the terms and conditions for the OPAL Bugs Count Survey
View the results
Explore the results of the Bugs Count Survey on the OPAL Data Explorer.
Crawlies aren't creepy!
Bugs, or invertebrates, are a vital part of our environment. They can pollinate plants, recycle nutrients, and they provide an
important food source for birds and mammals.
Policy and regulation
To find out about the current health of UK biodiversity and Government plans to protect wildlife, visit: