OPAL citizen science: environmental surveys - creatures of the deep (water survey)

13th May 2016
The Open Air Laboratories is an environmental organisation helping to get people out and about caring for the natural environment.
On Thursday the 12th May OPAL citizen science returned with their first environmental study of the year – ‘creatures of the deep’ (water survey).
During this survey we managed to find a LOT of tadpoles living in our back pond. Some mayflies were discovered too and also a diving beetle eating another creature for lunch!




By taking part in the survey, you helped scientists learn more about how polluted our lakes and ponds are – something we know surprisingly little about. Good water quality is essential for the many animals and plants that live in and around our lakes, ponds and rivers. Unfortunately, water is easily affected by pollution from agriculture and industry, waste we throw away, and even pollutants in the air.



Animals living in the water can tell us a great deal about how polluted the water may be. Some species struggle to survive in polluted waters, while others are more tolerant.
We work with scientists who are looking for help collecting information about the health of the UK environment.

Over this series of events OPAL will introduce you to our six environmental surveys and show you how you can be part of a nationwide science project. From monitoring air quality to tracking deadly tree diseases, we will teach you how to make simple observations that could make all the difference to your local environment.
Our next survey will be ‘Life in the Hedge – a bugs and biodiversity survey’. This will take place on Thursday the 23rd June (1.00pm – 3.00pm). This is a free event and anyone is welcome to participate. All participants will receive a certificate at the end of their workshop to thank them for their contribution to science.




OPAL citizen science: environmental surveys
The Open Air Laboratories is an environmental charity, based at the Glasgow Science Centre with Glasgow City of Science, helping to get people out and about and caring for the natural environment. We work with scientists who are looking for help collecting information about the health of the UK environment. Over this series of events OPAL will introduce you to our six environmental surveys and show you how you can be part of a nationwide science project. From monitoring air quality to tracking deadly tree diseases, we will teach you how to make simple observations that could make all the difference to your local environment.

For more information on OPAL surveys contact:

Joanne Dempster: OPAL Community Scientist
Telephone: 0141 420 5010 (ext 270)
Email: joanne.dempster@glasgowsciencecentre.org
Address: Open Air Laboratories
Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay
G51 1EA