OPAL data tracks spread of Tree Bumblebee

Tree bumblebee nectaring on marjoram

OPAL Species Quest survey data has provided an invaluable insight into the spread of the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum), writes community scientist Annie Robinson.

The data has recently been utilised in a publication by OPAL scientists at the University of Aberdeen, comparing how citizen science recording schemes can map distribution of species compared to more traditional recording schemes.  


Enjoy OPAL activities in Welsh

Welsh language versions of all six of OPAL’s national nature surveys are now available for the first time.

Translations of the Soil and Earthworm, Air, Water and Biodiversity Surveys can be downloaded from our website, joining the existing Welsh versions of our Bugs Count and Tree Health Surveys.


Help shape the future of OPAL surveys

By Laura Gosling
OPAL Evaluation and Data Manager

It’s starting to get cold, rainy and windy outdoors, so we don’t blame you if you're reluctant to go out and carry out OPAL surveys!

However, we have a nice, easy survey that you can fill in while sat at your computer (or on your mobile and tablet, of course!).


Citizen scientists send 50,000 records to OPAL

Science and nature enthusiasts have sent OPAL more than 50,000 records about the state of our environment, from the soils under our feet to the skies above us.

They include results for our seven national surveys, and thousands of contrail observations submitted as part of our climate survey.


Interactive learning tool launched

Whether your youngsters want to test their nature knowledge, discover what data can do or learn about our surveys, our Learning Lab can help.

The interactive learning tool aims to inspire young nature lovers and budding scientists through animations, games and easy-to-follow guides.


Schools urged to use the great outdoors this July

Teachers are being encouraged to support outdoor learning by signing up for the second Empty Classroom Day.

The event is rolling out nationwide this year and schools around the UK can sign up now and pledge to teach pupils outside for one lesson on Friday 5 July 2013.


OPAL inspires thousands to discover the outdoors

More than half a million people across the country have been inspired to discover their local environment through OPAL.

A report published today has revealed that the project, led by Imperial College London and supported by a Big Lottery Fund grant, has also mapped more than 25,000 sites across England, including areas never sampled before by scientists.


Complete OPAL surveys and claim a free reward

Become an OPAL Explorer and you'll receive a free Explorers Pack when you complete three or more surveys.

OPAL surveys are a fun way to learn about the environment and contribute to valuable research. Our scientists are keen to receive as many of your survey results as possible before publishing their findings later this year.



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