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OPAL East Midlands- Getting grubby in the name of science

by Guest Blogger 7. July 2009 10:08

Pupils and communities across the East Midlands have been helping to contribute to the first national survey of soil quality and earthworms.  Armed with mustard, vinegar and pH strips participants have been collecting information about soil composition and identifying earthworm species.  They have then entered their data on to the OPAL website (

Scientists will be using this data to create the first distribution map of earthworm species and to discover new information about the quality of our soils. If you haven’t had the change to get involved there is still time. Pack materials for the soil and earthworm survey can be downloaded free of charge from the OPAL website and the project will continue to accept results until 2012. It’s suitable for all ages and is a fun way to get involved in a national science project.

The next OPAL survey launches in September and will be using lichens to indicate how polluted our air is. If you’d like to take part contact Amy at OPAL East Midlands ().

Guest Blogger: Amy Rogers, The University of Nottingham

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