This collection consists of six field work investigations which relate to the curriculum areas habitats, interdependence and adaptation and the environment. Each survey includes a workbook, field guide and identification guide where appropriate.

The surveys are:
* Bugs Count - what bugs are living near you?
* Climate survey - how do we affect our weather and climate?
* Biodiversity survey - what wildlife is supported by your hedge?
* Water survey - what creatures are lurking in your pond?
* Air survey - what can lichens tell us about air quality?
* Soil and earthworm survey - which earthworms are living in your local area?

The surveys have been running since 2007 and finish at the end of 2012 however the resources may be used as stand-alone classroom activities to support the learning of science and environmental topics. The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project encourages people from all backgrounds to get back in touch with nature and will also generate valuable scientific data concerning the state of our environment. The entire OPAL portfolio has a total of 15 partners working together to deliver a total of 31 projects, and is headed by Imperial College, London.



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Air Survey - What Can Lichens Tell Us about Air Quality?

This resource consists of two field work activities. The first records lichens on trees as an indicator of air quality and the second looks for tar spot fungus on sycamore leaves. This links to curriculum work on plants, habitats, air quality and improving the environment. This resource includes a workbook, field...

Soil and Earthworm Survey - Which Earthworms Are Living in Your Local Area?

Find out more about earthworms and the soil they live in by observing and counting earthworms and analysing soil. The survey should take around sixty minutes. This resource fits in with topics on animals in the local environment, habitats and improving the environment and could be used for all ages. Included in the...