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A walk on the wet side

Red wellies standing in flowing water

OPAL's Community Scientist in York, Natalie Welden, proves there's still life after the recent floods. 

This weekend my 'better half' and I needed to escape the house. Both he and I have been very desk oriented while at work (and laptop-on-sofa oriented when at home), so it was time to get out and stretch our legs.

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Natalie's winter wonderland

Natalie Welden hillwalking

By Natalie Welden, OPAL Community Scientist in York

As years go, mine has been pretty awesome.

I spent all spring and summer outdoors in the fantastic scenery in Scotland, climbing munroes, pulling on my wellies for rivers days or teaching snorkelling in the chilly Clyde Sea

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The Ghosts of Ysgol Pencae

By OPAL Community Scientist, Barbara Brown

“There’s a slug! And a worm!" shout a group of Year 3 pupils in the middle of their OPAL bug hunt in Ysgol Pencae’s vegetable garden.

I lean over their shoulders and help the clipboard holder to record it. Then I look for the slug. “There it is – its white!” says the group’s recorder. 

It is very white, perhaps the purest white slug I have ever seen. Which makes me wonder, so I pick it up.

“Urgh – she’s picked it up!” chorus the group. I laugh and say: “It’s not very slimy, it's ticklish”.

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