Discover Heathland

The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an initiative which aims to create and inspire a new generation of nature-lovers by encouraging people to explore, study, enjoy and protect their local environment. OPAL began in 2007 with a total of 15 partners, headed by Imperial College London, working together to deliver OPAL projects. Through a wide range of local and national programmes, the project aims to encourage people from all backgrounds to get back in touch with nature whilst generating valuable scientific data concerning the state of our environment. Lowland heathland is one of Britain's rarest and most threatened habitats. It is also home to a diverse range of unique flora and fauna. These resources help students to learn more about this habitat with activities, suggested field work and guides to heathland plants and animals.

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Designing Investigations

This resource, from the University of Nottingham, describes a number of investigations which could be carried out in heathland habitats. Heathlands are excellent habitats to use for designing and carrying out experiments. Plants are often relatively easy to identify when compared with other habitats and...

How Polluted?

This field study resource pack encourages students to act as environmental scientists to assess the ‘health’ of a heathland habitat. The resource contains three separate activities that students can complete, depending on the time available and suitability of the site:
• Measuring nitrogen pollution in the...

Introduction to Lowland Heathlands

This resource is an interactive activity which aims to provide an introduction to the lowland heathland habitat. The five topics relating to lowland heathlands covered by the resources include: • The biotic components of lowland heathlands, focusing on plants • The biotic components of lowland heathlands, focusing...

Mapping for Climate Change

This field study encourages students to investigate the vegetation in a lowland heathland habitat and to use a GPS unit to map habitat fragments. Students could also make management decisions, deciding where to place habitat corridors to help prepare for the possible effects of climate change.

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