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OPAL Biodiversity Survey

Main Project Information
Goal Uncover the diverse range of wildlife in England
Task Discover wildlife in hedges and share observations
Where OPAL Biodiversity Survey England

The OPAL Biodiversity Survey needs citizen scientists in England to help uncover the diverse range of wildlife in hedges. By contributing, you'll help researchers learn more about the importance of hedges and how we can improve them.

Hedges support many animals by providing them with food and shelter. Berries and seeds are food for birds, while holes beneath the hedge are often home to small mammals. You’ll also discover caterpillars, shieldbugs and many other invertebrates living among the leaves.

By sharing your observations with the project, reseachers can instantly rate the condition of your hedge and offer suggestions on how to improve it.

This is one of five OPAL surveys across England to learn more about the state of the environment. Anyone can get involved. The studies are open to all ages and abilities, and your contribution will be important in helping scientists build up a picture of England's natural environment.

How to Join

Step 1: Download the easy-to-follow instructions and guides.

Step 2: Find a suitable hedge to carry out the survey and answer the questions in the workbook.

Step 3: Submit your results using a simple online form.

The project provide all the easy-to-follow survey instructions and support you need at:

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Required Gear

The project website provides a list of all necessary materials and resources

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
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Project Updated 05/23/2018