The Open Air Laboratories
The Open Air Laboratories(OPAL) is an exciting initiative that is open to anyone with an interest in nature. Its aim is to create and inspire a new generation of nature-lovers by getting people to explore, study, enjoy and protect their local environment. We want to participate in more OPAL projects in the future.
Click here to have a look at their marvellous website and see how you can get involved.
Do you know about iSpot? You can use this part of the OPAL website to identify wildlife online.
If you don't know a bird or an insect or a flower or ... any wildlife(!) take a photo of it, click here to get to the iSpot website, upload your photo and an expert will tell you what it is. Isn't that fantastic?!
Numbers in Nature
Please click here for the most amazing little film about numbers in nature, in particular, the golden ratio which is derived from the Fibonacci sequence. The Fibonacci sequence is the sequence 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,.. where the next number is the sum of the previous two. As you will see on the film, superimposing successive squares of these lengths leads to a spiral which is often seen in seed heads, shells and composite eyes. It is truly beautiful and less than four minutes long.