OPAL water survey begins!

The wait is over. It’s time to slip on your wellies, slap on the suncream and head to your local pond or lake. The OPAL water survey has begun.

The launch was marked with huge projections of giant frogs and dragonflies on Battersea Power Station in London.

Anyone can take part in the survey - it’s simple, fun and your results will help us learn more about water quality and pollution across the country.

Ever wanted to know what type of moth, snail, plant, bird, insect....that is?

Hopefully the training courses I'm organising at venues across Yorkshire and the Humber this summer will help you to identify the plants and animals that live in your local area. The courses are most suited to beginners, i.e. people who have had little or no experience identifying species.


Oak marbles

On a walk round the old Upton Colliery site near Wakefield last week we saw a little oak tree covered in masses of oak marbles, a type of gall. I'd never seen a tree with so many on it before, so I thought I'd share this photo with you....Oak Marbles


Museum of Life

The Museum of Life presenters

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum, and learn about the exciting research of the many scientists who work there.

Museum of Life is a new BBC documentary series giving you an inside look at the Natural History Museum.


Sea hare from Scarborough

Yesterday I saw something I'd never seen before: a sea hare. Adrian Norris from the Yorkshire Naturalists Union found it whilst running a marine mollusc course with Paula from Seasearch NE (an organisation for divers who record the marine species they see). Sea hares are marine molluscs and get their name from their rounded shape and from the "rhinophores" (sticking up bits near the front of the animal), that are said to look a bit like hares ears. What do you think?