Open University – OPAL partner in England

The Open University (OU) led OPAL's Biodiversity Centre and the development of the fourth national survey.

The biodiversity survey explores the wildlife in hedges

About the OU

The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.

The OU works with other organisations in many ways, and the focus of all its collaborative ventures is on finding new ways to open up educational opportunities to more people in more places.


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The OPAL Biodiversity Centre, led by the OU, inspired people of
all ages to take an active interest in England's wildlife through the
development of new resources to help them identify and study

These resources included the OPAL Biodiversity Survey, launched
in 2010, the Neighbourhood Nature courses, and iSpot, an online
nature community that connects enthusiasts and experts.

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iSpot allows people to share their photos and get help with identification, or assist others and build their reputation as a wildlife expert.


Join the iSpot community

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