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OPAL Bugs Count Survey

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Help us investigate how the built environment affects invertebrates

Do you know what bugs are living near you? Take part in Bugs Count and discover the incredible variety of invertebrates that make their home around us. Find as many bugs as you can in our timed challenges and keep a special eye out for the six Species Quest Bugs. Your findings will help scientists learn more about the distribution of invertebrates across the country and how the urban environment may be affecting them.

All results returned for this survey will contribute to a national survey looking at the state of the environment in England.

How to take part

Step 1: Download the free easy-to-follow instructions and guides from:

Step 2: Find a suitable location and carry out the OPAL Bugs Count Survey. If you have any problems locating any of the equipment needed, please contact the local OPAL Education Officer - Helen Talbot:

Step 3: Submit your results using our simple online form at: or send back via the Freepost address on the workbook.

Benefits to pupils

Pupils will learn a range of skills in identifying invertebrates species. They will also have the opportunity to examine the different species that live in different habitats. They will learn basic environmental surveying techniques and will boost their confidence in engaging with wildlife and learning about their local environment. They will also work in teams on the project, and will contribute to valuable scientific research being conducted into the distribution of invertebrates species in different locations in  England. They'll also have a lot of fun!

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this survey or would like help running one.

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Biology
  • Resources
  • Y 9
  • Y 8
  • Y 7
  • Y 6
  • Y 5
  • Y 4
  • Y 3
  • Y 13
  • Y 12
  • Y 11
  • Y 10
  • KS 2
  • KS 3
  • KS 4
  • KS 5
  • All Years