We were lucky to have a glorious autumn afternoon for this training event, which involved searching for invertebrates in hedges, down on Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve at Redcar.
The aim of the day was to explore OPAL‘s suite of citizen science surveys and to consider the best ways to use them with community groups, families and schools. We spent an hour in the classroom and then headed out “into the field” armed with bug-collecting equipment, magnifiers and survey materials.
The session was led by one of OPAL’s Community Scientists, Dr Alison Dyke (also of York University) and was attended by 11 professionals from four local organisations.
Moor Sustainable arranged the course and would like to thank all the other people who made it possible:
Dr Alison Dyke, for coming up from York and leading the session
Redcar Adult Learning Service for providing the classroom and hot drinks
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust for help in preparation and hedge-choosing
Get Moving Redcar and Cleveland for enthusiastic support