Make a record for local wildlife
City Nature Challenge is back! This year we want even more people to connect with nature and collect wildlife records - are you in?
The 2021 City Nature Challenge takes place in two parts
30 April - 3 May: Taking pictures of wild animals and plants.
4 May - 9 May: Identifying what was found.
Wildlife records are a really important resource to conservation organisations and charities like our own. They help us build up a better picture of how a particular area or species is faring at a local level and how they might be responding to things like habitat loss or climate change.
How do I take part?
City Nature Challenge is all about embracing the healing power of nature while making a difference for wildlife. It's really easy to take part - all you need is your phone!
To take part, download the free iNaturalist app onto your smartphone or tablet and start uploading pictures of wildlife. Your records will then be verified by a community of naturalists and you can also help people identify what they find.
Join an event
City Nature Challenge at Heysham Nature Reserve, 30 April – 3 May
Want to take part in the City Nature Challenge? Well where better to start your recording than at Heysham Nature Reserve.
All you need to do to take part in our City Nature challenge trail, is download our introduction sheet here, and then visit the reserve whenever you wish.
Woodnook Community Garden bioblitz, 30 April, 10am - 2pm
Join the Prospects Foundation for their first BioBlitz at Woodnook Community Garden! The team will be recording what wildlife already lives in this secret gem in the centre of Accrington through bee walks, bug hunts and pond dipping. It's vital to know which species live in the community garden as the Foundation begins rewilding the site. To book a place email email@example.com
City Nature Challenge at the Triangle next to Freshfield Dune Heath, 3 May, 12pm - 3pm
Join in with the City Nature Challenge as you explore the Sefton Coast. This will be a self-led event with the instructions on noticeboards.
Please follow government advice on your walk and to check in with the NHS Track and Trace QR code on site. Organised by the Dynamic Dunescapes Project.
Whinney Hill Woodlands bioblitz, 3 May, 10am - 2pm
Join the Prospects Foundation for their first BioBlitz at Whinney Hill, where you can help them record the wildlife that lives in this fantastic woodland. As the team works to increase biodiversity, it's vital to know which species call the woodlands home. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to use iNaturalist
Can I collect records another way?
There is more than one way to submit wildlife records during the City Nature Challenge.
Submit using the iNaturalist website
If you'd prefer not to use the iNaturalist app, you can submit records during the challenge using the iNaturalist website. Simply sign in and click the 'Upload' button to get started.
When you make your record, you can add it to your local City Nature Challenge project:
- City Nature Challenge 2021: Lancashire
- City Nature Challenge 2021: Greater Manchester
- City Nature Challenge 2021: Liverpool City Region
Submit directly to your local record centre
Records gathered through iNaturalist are submitted to local record centres, but if you like, you can submit directly to them. Each record centre will have a slightly different way of collecting records, but their websites will give you all the information you need to submit a sighting and soon enough you'll be a wildlife recording pro.
How did we do in 2020?
The 2020 City Nature Challenge was our biggest yet!
Collectively in the North West we had...
For a full breakdown of the results and to see how each individual city region did in 2020, click the button below.