Who are we? OPAL West Midlands is based at the University of Birmingham (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science and School of Bioscience). We work in association with a wide range of regional partners.
Our towns and cities are home to a wide variety of plants and animals just waiting to be discovered. We want to get everyone interested in the natural world that surrounds where you live, work, or go to school. This will not only ensure a brighter future for wildlife but should help you feel good about your local space and environment. Our emphasis is on 'your' local patch!
We aim to understand how biodiversity in green spaces is used and understood by individuals and organisations (e.g. councils, schools and businesses), and how this biodiversity is structured and functions ecologically in urban areas. This multidisciplinary aim is underpinned by an extensive knowledge exchange, citizen science programme that aims to facilitate full community involvement.
Get Involved Now
There are several ways of getting involved with OPAL in the West Midlands:
1. Attend one of the regional events listed below; 2. Help with bee hotel project or and add a record on our bee pages; 3. Watch out for our colour-ringed birds and tell us where you have seen them by looking on our bird pages; 4. Volunteer to help with our bat surveys on your local ponds; 5. Look at some of our nature and identification guides. 6. Join the online nature spotting community with iSpot. 7. Try out the OPAL National soil, air, water, biodiversity and climate surveys.