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Help us assess the impact of road pollution

Congested roadWe need your help to assess traffic pollution in the South East. Your results will add to important research by OPAL scientists.

The South East of England has some of the busiest roads in the country, but also a large amount of green space, such as nature reserves and parks.

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Bioblitz and Worm Charming

So, as promised, a blog about the Bioblitz and World Worm Charming Championships I went to a couple of weeks ago. Me and Sarah West from OPAL Yorkshire and the Humber went on a bit of a worm-themed roadtrip, and were joined by various other OPAL staff along the way…here’s what we got up to!

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Help protect our nation's bats

Brown long-eared batBats are amazing animals but their habitats are under increasing threat and numbers are in serious decline so we need your help to protect them.

Many people will shiver at the thought of bats, perhaps due to their unfortunate association with vampires. However, all 17 UK bat species feed on insects and are likely to be much more scared of you.

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World Worm Charming Championship

Teams from OPAL went to the World Worm Charming Championship in Willaston (Cheshire) on Saturday. This annual event has been happening since 1980, and involves "charming" worms out of the ground without using water or chemicals. Each team has a 3x3m area which they have 30 minutes to get as many worms out of as possible.

Worm charming championship

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Hello from the Natural History Museum

Hi Everyone!

We are the OPAL team based at the Natural History Museum in London, and we've decided to start a blog to keep you up to date with all our activities.  This photo shows three of our team (trying to identify a dragonfly!).  From left to right there's John Tweddle, Lucy Carter (me) and Gill Stevens.  I'm sure the other guys will put up their pictures and introduce themselves to you soon. 

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Schools watch the pollution in London

London weather monitoring websiteLondon schools are taking readings from their weather stations to help OPAL researchers and Imperial College monitor the air pollution from the capital.  

On Tuesday 16 June, and also Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June, researchers are making intensive measurements of the particulate pollution produced by London.

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See the earthworm results so far

With your help, more than 3,000 earthworms have now been identified in the soil and earthworm survey, and the results are still coming in. So where have all these worms been found?

By using our earthworm distribution map you can discover exactly where each species has been spotted.

Compare two or more types of worm simultaneously, and see exactly what has or hasn’t been found in your area.

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