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Scientists to investigate why people submit survey results

OPAL scientists in York have launched a study exploring why people do – or do not – submit their results after taking part in an OPAL survey.

The study, which is being carried out by our team at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, is being funded by Defra.

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When we went down to the woods that day...

By Matt Keyse
OPAL Community Scientist, FSC Scotland

Scotland is blessed with a variety of natural assets and resources. Many large companies and organisations are involved with rural industries like forestry, farming and conservation but are struggling to find a supply of knowledgeable, skilled and experienced staff.

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Capture Devon and Cornwall’s wildlife at its best

Photographers are being challenged to showcase the flora and fauna of south west England in a competition opening today.

Launched by OPAL South West and the Plymouth Woodland Project, both part of Plymouth University’s outreach programme, the competition will run until the end of August.

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Developing our next generation of environmental scientists

By Matt Keyse
OPAL Community Scientist, FSC Scotland

It was a cold but bright morning at St. Maurice’s pond in Cumbernauld. The weary February sun hovered just above the tree line, reflecting off of the thin layer of ice forming over the water.

With some trepidation a group of Greenfaulds High School students, currently studying the new Higher Environmental Science course, grabbed a variety of sampling equipment and made their way gingerly away from the car park towards the water. 

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Preparing for the year ahead - staff training at FSC Kindrogan

By Matt Keyse
OPAL Community Scientist, FSC Scotland

Two things occured to me as I turned the corner into FSC Kindrogan this week. Firstly I had forgotten just how blessed the area is for its lichen communities.

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What do you get when you mix mud, museums and minibeasts?

By Joanne Dempster
OPAL Community Scientist, Glasgow City of Science

Last month, we brought all these ingredients together to hold a weekend of citizen science workshops at the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC), the first time we had run an event with the centre.

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£1.4m lottery grant for pollinator project

A programme to help schools and communities protect pollinating insects has been awarded £1.4 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Polli:Nation project is being developed by Learning through Landscapes in partnership with leading nature organisations including OPAL.

The activity of pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies has been valued at £430 million to UK agriculture each year, but these insects are in severe decline.

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More people enjoying great outdoors, survey shows

More people in England are enjoying the great outdoors according to an annual report.

The latest Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey revealed that the English adult population made around 2.93 billion nature visits between March 2013 and February 2014.

Pond dipping with the Flintshire Disability Forum

By Iwan Edwards
OPAL Community Scientist, North Wales Wildlife Trust

One of OPAL’s objectives is to ensure everyone can get involved in exploring and monitoring their local environment.

And it was with this goal in mind that we first visited the Flintshire Disability Forum, a group which helps and supports people in the county who have physical disabilities.

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