City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge

Amy Lewis

Making a record for local wildlife

In 2020, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region all took part in global wildlife recording initiative, City Nature Challenge, and we were blown away by the results. 

Collectively in the North West we had:

16,067 Observations
1,609 Species
546 Recorders

For a full breakdown of the results and to see how each individual city did, click the button below:

City Nature Challenge 2020 results

City Nature Challenge may be over for another year but you can still collect valuable records for wildlife using iNaturalist or with your local record centre. Keep reading to find out how.

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 to use iNaturalist

Download the iNaturalist app for free on your smartphone or tablet and start uploading pictures of wildlife to take part. Your records will then be verified by a community of naturalists and you can also help people identify what they find. Watch the video below to find out more:

How to collect records with your local record centre

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.

Bird watching at home

Nick Upton/2020VISION

Greater Manchester Local Records Centre

Collect wildlife records by using Swift or uploading data to their spreadsheet. Visit their website for more information.

GMLRC website

Wildlife recording inaturalist

Charlotte Varela

The Lancashire Environment Record Network

Collect wildlife records with iRecord or iNaturalist by joining the 'LERN Lancashire Records' project. Visit their website to find out more.

LERN website

Sahar exploring Fletcher Moss in Manchester

Merseyside BioBank

Collect wildlife records using their online form, spreadsheet or RODIS. Visit their website for more information.

Merseyside BioBank website

See you back here for City Nature Challenge 2021!

CNC organisers