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Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)
Mon 17 October 2016, 10:00 – 15:00 BST
Get hands-on with your local nature
Would you like a chance to get hands-on with nature and learn about the different natural habitats on your doorstep? This October the Open Air Laboratories network (OPAL) will be hosting a free workshop in Grangemouth where you can do exactly that.
This workshop, which is being led by OPAL, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI), is aimed at people of all ages and abilities who want to get involved with citizen science in their local area, and help to collect important scientific data which helps us to better understand our environment.
The workshop will be covering the eight areas which OPAL use for their citizen science surveys, such as the importance of pollinators, environmental quality, and the distribution of invasive species.
IFLI Events and Outreach Assistant Nicholas Reid said: “Organisations like OPAL help to emphasize what an important impact people can make when they become involved in their local environments. It helps everyone, from citizen scientists to academics, understand the environment and ecosystems better.”
The workshop will be both indoors and outdoors with a chance to gain hands on experience of the OPAL surveys and learn about various natural habitats. This course would be good for anyone looking to learn about citizen science and to start exploring and learning through the OPAL surveys. It would also be useful for practitioners looking for resources and ideas for outdoor learning and exploring various habitats.
Please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable outdoor clothing for the weather forecasted.
More information about OPAL can be found on their website: www.opalexplorenature.org.
A full list of all the IFLI events and projects, along with further information, can be found on the website: www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk