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Citizen Science

Get outdoors with your friends and family and take scientific action for the environment. We’ve got a project to suit all ages and abilities.

Earthworm Watch

Help to map earthworms and soil health by taking part in this UK-based citizen science project

The Challenge

The Challenge

We depend on healthy soils, and earthworms keep soils healthy. Despite their importance, we don’t know enough about earthworms and soils, especially in gardens and other green spaces such as allotments, school grounds and parks.

The Science

The Science

We know that earthworms increase soil fertility and carbon storage by mixing in dead plant material, but mapping these benefits is not yet possible because we do not know how many, and what types of earthworms there are in UK soils.

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Get Involved

Earthworm Watch is free to join and suitable for all ages.

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Capturing Our Coast

Capturing Our Coast is finding out more about the species that live in UK seas and how we can protect them.

The Challenge

The Challenge

The UK’s coasts are teeming with fantastic marine life and you can help discover them with the largest UK marine citizen science project of its kind. Explore how climate change is challenging our coasts and marine heritage and help influence marine conservation.

The Science

The Science

Capturing Our Coast is mapping marine life populations, whilst allowing us to explore how climate change and other human impact is affecting our seas, and investigating whether current conservation policies are effective.

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Get Involved

Our free training programme has lots of ways for you to get involved, whatever your experience, your availability or your skills.

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FreshWater Watch

Investigate the health of global freshwater ecosystems on a scale never seen before

The Challenge

The Challenge

By 2050, nearly half of the world’s population will be living in areas where water is scarce. As water quality declines, more than 50% of freshwater fish species are at risk of extinction.

The Science

The Science

FreshWater Watchers reduce their waterfootprints and investigate the health of freshwater ecosystems by collecting water quality research at their local waterbodies. You can help researchers understand how humans are influencing the health of our freshwater.

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Get Involved

Investigate your local ponds, rivers or streams with simple tests and discover the biggest water savings that you can make with small lifestyle changes.

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