City Nature Challenge

(text taken from Natural History Consortium website)

City Nature Challenge is an epic, global citizen science project to collect information about our local wildlife. In 2022 UK cities are collaborating with 400+ cities across the world to find and record as much wildlife as possible to help track how nature is bouncing back this spring!

You can join the big international Challenge weekend on April 29 – May 2 when all 400+ cities will be active at once! But remember, you can also discover wildlife on your doorstep throughout the whole of 2022!

How do I take part?

It’s simple, fun and anyone can take part

All you need is a smartphone and the iNaturalist mobile app and use it to upload photos of any wildlife you see from your windows, gardens and during your daily outdoor exercise. Share a photo with the app and it will assist you to identify and record the species you find. Each species record is known as an observation, and all observations made between 29 April and 2 May in participating areas will count towards City Nature Challenge. Wildlife experts then formally identify the records before they are shared for inclusion in local and national wildlife databases and to support nature conservation efforts.

Between 3-8 May 2022 everyone’s observations are identified and counted. You can help to identify other people’s wildlife observations and learn more as others identify your wildlife observations.

The worldwide competition results will be revealed on Monday 9th May. 

How will my observations help science?

The information collected will create a valuable snapshot of the variety of wildlife that lives in cities. Knowing what species live in cities, and where they are, helps us to study and protect them. Documenting nature on a city-wide scale allows us not only to learn about the variety of nature in cities, but also about the sustainability of valuable ecosystems that thrive in cities.

With the world’s wildlife facing unprecedented declines, and as urban areas expand, it has never been more important to make our towns and cities healthy and sustainable places to live side-by-side with nature. The only way to do that is for people to join together – including you!

International City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge is part of a global citizen science project. Started in 2016 between just two organisations the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences, and growing across the whole US in 2017, since 2018 cities from all four continents have taken part. Last year, in 2021, over 1.2 million wildlife records were submitted across the globe over four days!

Keep up to date with global map of the 400+ cities taking part.

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