biodiversity survey

OPAL Survey in focus: Ashley Primary School

Each year OPAL receives a large number of survey forms from people across the UK who have completed one or more of the eight OPAL Surveys. Most of this data reaches us via our online form, but we also receive survey results through the post too. Last week we received a big brown envelope full to the brim with completed Biodiversity Survey forms, these had been sent to us by Year 5 Kestrel Class from Ashley C of E Primary School, Surrey.


One of the world's longest noses? Nope, not an elephant.....

Last month we went to the fabulous Wild About Wood Festival at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, and ran "minibeast hunting" sessions. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we found all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. We lent nets for sweeping through grassland to a couple of lads, who came back with one of these:



What does your hedge award mean?


How does your hedge benefit wildlife? Is it an important provider of food and shelter for animals? When you submit your survey results online, we’ll give your hedge a rating that will tell you more about its potential importance for wildlife.

If you complete the whole survey, your hedge will receive a bronze, silver or gold award in each of the following three categories. But what do they mean?

How to: find a hedge for your Biodiversity Survey


Hedges are everywhere. You will find them in streets, parks, school grounds and the countryside. However, if you need a little help to find a suitable hedge, try some of the following helpful tools.

Bear in mind that just because a hedge is on a map or in a database, it does not mean that it is open to public access. Please check with the owner or local authority first if you are unsure.

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