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.


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


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.


Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Photography Competition 2015


The Devon and Cornwall Wildlife and Nature Photography Competition 2015 opened on 20 March and closes on 31 August 2015.

The winners will be announced on Monday 14 September and the best pictures will be exhibited at Plymouth University in the autumn.

Competition categories

For each category, there is an under-18s and over-18s section, and a maximum of two pictures can be submitted for each category.

Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Photography Competition - Terms and Conditions


These terms and conditions govern the Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Photography Competition. The Competition Organisers are OPAL South West and the Plymouth Woodland Project, based in the School of Biological Sciences at Plymouth University. OPAL South West will store all entries and personal details of entrants for the duration of the competition.

Visitors discover diversity at Imperial College

From hunting for British bugs to identifying rare species from the African rainforest, visitors of all ages explored the variety of the natural world at Imperial College’s Silwood Park Campus on Saturday.

Discover diversity: The planet's wildlife on your doorstep gave staff, students, local families and schoolchildren the chance to learn about the wildlife all around them.


Scheme records diverse university wildlife

Students, staff and visitors at the University of York are being encouraged to record the wide variety of wildlife found on the campus.

A new recording website has been launched by the university’s Stockholm Environment Institute using the Indicia toolkit, which was developed with funding from OPAL.


Competition encourages schools to shout about wildlife

Schools in the south west have the chance to win a tour of some of the world’s most cutting-edge marine technology.

OPAL South West and Plymouth University have launched a competition giving pupils and teachers the chance to shout about wildlife projects they have carried out.



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