Calling all gardeners! Help OPAL survey for the New Zealand Flatworm

In the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, British and Irish garden lovers are being asked to help survey for the New Zealand Flatworm, an introduced species that is a threat to earthworms.

A simple postcard has dropped through the letterboxes of 375,000 RHS members in the UK, asking them to spend a few minutes looking for New Zealand flatworms in dark, damp places in their gardens.

If a New Zealand Flatworm is found, participants are asked to take a photo and submit it with information about where it was found to www.opalexplorenature.org. In addition, any related observations are gratefully received as these help us build a stronger understanding of the spread of New Zealand Flatworms and the impact this is having.

As scientists need to know the distribution of New Zealand Flatworm, negative results are just as important as positive sightings and so everyone is being asked to answer a few questions and to visit the OPAL website to submit their results.