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OPAL Bugs Count

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Goal Help scientists learn about the invertebrates across England
Task Find as many bugs as you can
Where Global, anywhere on the planet England

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.

How to Join

Go to and download a survey pack. All of the instructions you need are provided in the pack.

Then pick an area to start your survey and start counting bugs!

Once you have completed your survey, upload your results onto the OPAL website

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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.

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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Tags a, android, app, bugs, count, counting, insect, insects, iphone
Project Updated 08/05/2017