Get involved

To help with scientific research you don't have to work in a lab. Just visit your garden, local wood or the seashore and you can take part in a national survey, like the Museum’s bluebell survey or the Big Seaweed Search.

Your results will help scientists to find out more about UK species and their distribution, so they can be conserved for future generations.

  • Bladder wrack, Fucus vesiculosus
    Big Seaweed Search

    Take a walk along the coast and help us monitor the effects of climate change and invasive species on the UK's seaweeds.

  • Trees in Edinburgh
    Urban tree survey

    Help us learn more about the diversity and distribution of trees growing in urban areas by telling us about the trees in your streets, parks and gardens.

  • Bluebell - Hyacinthoides non-scripta
    Bluebell survey

    Are bluebells flowering earlier than they used to? Help us find out by taking part in the Museum's bluebell survey.

  • Sampling microorganisms on a building
    The Microverse project

    Collaborate with Museum scientists on cutting-edge genetic research into microorganisms that survive in extreme urban environments. For secondary schools.

  • A child examining a flower
    OPAL Open Air Laboratories Network

    OPAL helps people to explore, study and enjoy their local environment. Discover the surveys and regional activities on offer.

  • Cowslips, Primula veris, growing in the Museum's Wildlife Garden
    Other public surveys

    Whether you are interested in insects, birds, reptiles or amphibians, find out how you can help the UK's experts to map the biodiversity of the UK.

Nature groups

Attract new members to your nature group

If you run a natural history society or wildlife recording scheme, join Nature Groups Near You and attract new members.

Citizen science project guide

Front cover of the Guide to Citizen Science

Scientists at the Museum's Centre for UK Biodiversity and the Biological Records Centre have produced a practical guide to setting up citizen science projects to study biodiversity and the environment.  

Guide to citizen science PDF (3.4 MB)

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