The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an exciting new initiative that is open
to anyone with an interest in nature. Its aim is to create and inspire a new generation
of nature-lovers by getting people to explore, study, enjoy and protect their local
OPAL is developing a wide range of local and national programmes to encourage people
from all backgrounds to get back in touch with nature. The project will also generate
valuable scientific data concerning the state of our environment.
By bringing scientists, amateur-experts, local interest groups and the public closer
together, lasting relationships will be formed and environmental issues of local
and global relevance explored.
The OPAL project began in 2007 and will run until the end of 2012. The five year
programme will bring scientists and the public closer together, allowing environmental
issues to be explored which have both local and global relevance.
The entire OPAL portfolio is headed by Imperial College, London. OPAL is funded by
the Big Lottery Fund, having received an award of £11.7million.
To find out, and help with projects being organised through OPAL, bookmark this page
and come back and see what we are doing on a regular basis. Starting in March through
until early summer we will be taking part in an Earthworm study.