This year, the City Nature Challenge, a worldwide recording event, comes to Greater Manchester.
City Nature Challenge is organised on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.
Between the 26th and 29th April, over 150 cities worldwide will be competing to find and record urban wildlife. We will be pitting our wildlife spotting skills against the likes of San Francisco, Rome, Lima, Hong Kong and Liverpool.
There are two ways to get involved with this fun and friendly competition. You can take part independently using the iNaturalist app to record any wildlife you spot over that weekend. You could record the ladybirds living on your balcony, the birds in the local park or the mushrooms you’ve seen on a walk in the countryside. The app is available to download at www.inaturalist.org.
You can also get involved by joining us at one of the many recording events taking place that weekend in parks and greenspaces across Greater Manchester held by Greater Manchester’s leading conservation organisations.
On Thursday 25th April, Manchester Museum will be holding a pre-challenge celebration evening for urban wildlife. On Friday 26th recording events will be held at Moston Fairway, Sandilands Wood, Smithills Estate and University of Manchester campus. On Saturday 27th recording events will be held at Blackley Forest, Sandilands Woods, Smithills Estate, Alexandra Park and Whitworth Park. On Sunday 28th recording events will be held at Fletcher Moss, Dove Stone and Chorlton Water Park. And on Monday 29th recording events will be held at University of Manchester campus and Chorlton Ees.
Anyone is welcome to come along and have a go. More information on the recording events taking place that weekend can be found by heading to www.eventbrite.org and searching for 'Greater Manchester City Nature Challenge'.
You can find information on the events we are running as part of the City Nature Challenge by heading to our 'What's on' page.
Anyone who joins in will be helping to make a difference, mapping where wildlife lives in the city. The information from this weekend will be added to the UK’s biodiversity database, becoming part of the data used to protect nature.