OPAL (Open Air Laboratories)

Boy looking through magnifying glassThe OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) project is a new partnership initiative funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund (£11.75 million) and co-coordinated by Imperial College London.

One of its major aims is to get research scientists working with local communities on local environmental issues.

Portfolio partners include nine universities such as Birmingham, Natural History Museum, Open University, Field Studies Council, Meteorological Office and the National Biodiversity Network.

The project will also work closely with the Environment Agency and many voluntary sector organisations. The portfolio has three major themes of particular environmental importance: biodiversity, pollution and climate.

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Regional habitat data project

Woodland sceneThe Regional Habitat Data Project is managed by the West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership and aims to create a reliable spatial representation of all known priority BAP habitat across the West Midlands region.

This project intends to pull together all the existing reliable national, regional and local data sets, making them available as a regional resource as a tool for future planning and development of strategies.

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