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Updated 08/07/2016
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no

Required Gear:

You will not need any special equipment for carrying out the survey but things like a magnifying glass and sweep net help when searching for bugs. You will need a pencil for recording your results and when you return, a computer to upload the results to the OPAL website.

OPAL Bugs Count

Help scientists learn about the invertebrates across England
Find as many bugs as you can

Do you know what bugs are living near you? Take part in OPAL Bugs Count and discover the incredible variety of invertebrates that make their home around us.

Bugs, or invertebrates, are a vital part of our environment. They can pollinate plants, recycle nutrients, and they provide an important food source for birds and mammals.

Find as many bugs as you can in our timed challenges and keep a special eye out for the six Species Quest bugs.

Your findings will help scientists learn more about the distribution of invertebrates across the country and how the urban environment may be affecting them.

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