Gardens are biodiversity hotspots for earthworms

Results from the OPAL soil and earthworm survey are already starting to show that gardens are among the best places to find different species of earthworms.

Gardens are also the habitat where you can expect to find the largest number of earthworms.

These are just some of the findings that earthworm expert David Jones has uncovered from looking at the 3,400 soil and earthworm surveys submitted so far.

Join the Big Nature Debate

Are you concerned about the loss of biodiversity? What do you think we should be doing to manage and preserve it? Join the Big Nature Debate and have your say.

Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. It is important to us for food, medicine, clean water, and much more.

Unfortunately, biodiversity is decreasing at an alarming rate and this could have major consequences for our well-being.

OPAL at the British Science Festival

Enjoy an incredible range of activities at the British Science Festival, including a unique OPAL light show, at various venues throughout Birmingham from 14-19 September.

The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest science festivals. You’ll be able to meet and debate with famous faces, join in discussions, watch films, and take part in many other activities.

The biodiversity survey begins!

Join in our latest national survey and discover the incredible diversity of life that hedges support.

The importance of hedges for wildlife is often overlooked. Many invertebrates, small mammals and birds rely heavily on them for food and shelter. In fact 10 of the 18 most threatened British mammals feed on fruits and berries that grow in hedges.

Fungi jargon busting

As the weather turns distinctly autumnal and I start to mourn the passing of the summer, the sight of fungi reminds me that the colder months can be great for enjoying nature too. For example, here are some beautiful Laccaria laccata, a toadstool also known as The Deceiver, apparently because they are so variable in appearance.

Laccaria laccata


Water competition winner treats her class to museum trip

Caitlin's class collect their prize money.

Caitlin Eastes, aged 11, from Little Ridge Community Primary School, has won our water competition run in partnership with National Geographic Kids magazine.

More than 200 children entered the competition, which asked for creative ways to improve life for pond animals.