Citizen Science Challenge #6: Tree Health Survey
To capitalist on the enthusiasm of the public to help, Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), have developed a Tree Health Survey to ”Help scientists monitor and protect our trees, forests and woodland”. It’s a brilliant initiative because it really values the help of the public. It simply wouldn’t be possible for scientists to keep a look out for disease across the whole country, and so they need your help!
Pests and disease are of course a natural threat for trees, but humans have in many cases inadvertently accelerated their spread into new and vulnerable areas. So lets take an opportunity to learn about Ash Dieback, the Emerald Borer, Oak Precessionary Moth and Longhorn Beetles, and contribute to Citizen Science in the process.
Head over to the OPAL Explore Nature Website..
Have a Go!
Step 2 – Start surveying! The best part about these Citizen Science projects is that they get you outside!
Have you given the Tree Health Survey (or any of the other citizen science projects!) a go? Share your experiences with everyone else in the comments below.