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Your Air Survey results – what have we discovered?

Where in the UK are nitrogen-loving lichens more common? Can the public identify lichens? What have you helped us learn about air quality?

These questions and more have been tackled by OPAL scientists studying results submitted for the OPAL Air Survey.

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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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Lichen spotting and tree maths with Fairview Primary School

By Anna Lavery and Gretta McCarron
OPAL Community Scientists, Northern Ireland

We were delighted to welcome Fairview Primary School to Queen's University in Belfast this month as part of the university’s ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Take OPAL surveys into the classroom with new guides

Teachers in Scotland can more easily integrate OPAL surveys into science teaching with the help of new lesson plans and curriculum guides.

The resources, produced by OPAL staff based at Glasgow Science Centre and FSC Scotland, show how survey activities can fit into the country's primary and secondary curriculums.

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Ashfield Girls get to grips with lichens

By Anna Lavery and Gretta McCarron
OPAL Community Scientists, Northern Ireland

On 6 November, the School of Education at Queens University and the Field Studies Council were delighted to welcome Ashfield Girls School to participate in the Economic and Social Research Council Festival at Queens.

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Enjoy OPAL activities in Welsh

Welsh language versions of all six of OPAL’s national nature surveys are now available for the first time.

Translations of the Soil and Earthworm, Air, Water and Biodiversity Surveys can be downloaded from our website, joining the existing Welsh versions of our Bugs Count and Tree Health Surveys.

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Help shape the future of OPAL surveys

By Laura Gosling
OPAL Evaluation and Data Manager

It’s starting to get cold, rainy and windy outdoors, so we don’t blame you if you're reluctant to go out and carry out OPAL surveys!

However, we have a nice, easy survey that you can fill in while sat at your computer (or on your mobile and tablet, of course!).

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Visitors discover diversity at Imperial College

From hunting for British bugs to identifying rare species from the African rainforest, visitors of all ages explored the variety of the natural world at Imperial College’s Silwood Park Campus on Saturday.

Discover diversity: The planet's wildlife on your doorstep gave staff, students, local families and schoolchildren the chance to learn about the wildlife all around them.

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Get to know your eight-legged lodgers this autumn

They are useful pest controllers and like to share our homes, but many of us cannot identify different species of these eight-legged lodgers.

Spiders start to appear in our houses more frequently at this time of year, as some species – including the aptly-named House Spider (Tegenaria) – leave their webs in search of a mate.

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Durling's designs on science

By Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser
OPAL Coordinator

Ever wondered what air pollution looks like? Well, normally it’s rather difficult to see, but a talented OPAL participant, Jack Durling, embarked on a challenging project: to raise awareness about the (not-so-visible) environment, through the medium of design.

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