Wales Biodiversity Partnership

Citizen Science

Citizen Science is about partnership- bringing together scientists, amateur recorders and local interest groups from a variety of backgrounds to observe and record the state of our environment.

Featured Surveys

There are a number of surveys you can take part in covering a wide range of species and some habitats. Some are listed below- your Local Record Centre in Wales has a comprehensive list of surveys on your patch as well as national surveys. The OPAL project also has a wide range of environmental surveys you can take part in.

Bugs Count is a nationwide bug hunt to help BugLife investigate how the built environment affects invertebrates.

Survey Pack (Eng) Survey Pack (Cym). The best time to do this survey is from May to November. The translated pack was part of a joint project funded by WBP, Conwy County Borough Council and the Opal team.

The Wales Amphibian Reptile Atlas survey aims to display all amphibian and reptile sightings we have in Wales, and hopefully encourage you to fill in the gaps!

The UK glow work survey aims to gather information about a fascinating insect that most people don’t even realise exists in Britain.

Invasive, non-native plant species

PlantTracker aims to combat spread of the UK’s most problematic invasive, non-native plant species.

The Mammals Monitoring Network (MaMoNet) Wales is a new, 1 year project funded by National Resources Wales and run by The Mammal Society. The project aims to create a network of volunteers to gather data on hedgehogs using the footprint tunnels and harvest mice using nest search methods. For harvest mice, the focus will be in East and South East Wales.

Tree health survey

You can now watch, play or download the tree health training presentation and receive a bilingual presentation packs of the tree health survey from Amy Phillips

Open Air Laboratories network

The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an exciting initiative that is open to anyone with an interest in the natural environment.

OPAL has developing a wide range of local and national programmes to encourage people from all backgrounds to get back in touch with nature. On the OPAL web site, a range of identification guides, resources and general information are available that will allow you to take part in citizen science surveys.

Why not take part in a survey?