City Nature Challenge

Nature enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, and curious citizens listen up! The **City Nature Challenge** is back, this time, it's sweeping through the picturesque West of England region. From the bustling streets of Bristol to the serene landscapes of Bath, we invite you to embark on a thrilling adventure to document the biodiversity that thrives in our urban and natural spaces.

WHAT IS THE CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

The City Nature Challenge is a global initiative that encourages people from all walks of life to become citizen scientists. Armed with smartphones and the iNaturalist app, participants capture photos of plants, animals, insects, and fungi they encounter during a specific period. These observations contribute to a massive database of biodiversity records, aiding scientific research and conservation efforts worldwide.

WHEN AND WHERE?

April 26th to April 29th, 2024

West of England (Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire)

WHY PARTICIPATE?

Discover Hidden Gems

Our cities and green spaces are teeming with life. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, you'll uncover hidden gems—tiny wildflowers, elusive birds, and fascinating insects—that often go unnoticed in our daily lives.

Contribute to Science

Your observations matter! Scientists and researchers rely on accurate data to understand ecological patterns, monitor species' health, and make informed conservation decisions. By snapping photos and sharing them on iNaturalist, you become an integral part of this scientific endeavour.

Community Engagement

Connect with fellow nature enthusiasts, attend guided walks, and learn from experts. The challenge fosters a sense of community, where everyone from seasoned naturalists to curious beginners comes together to celebrate our shared environment.

How to Get Involved?

1. Download the iNaturalist App: Head to your app store and install the iNaturalist app. It's user-friendly and available for both iOS and Android devices.

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2. Explore Your Surroundings: Whether strolling through a park, exploring a woodland, or admiring your neighbour's garden, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Birds, butterflies, mushrooms, and even urban plants count!


3. Snap and Share: When you spot something interesting, take a clear photo using the app. Add relevant details like location and species (if known). The iNaturalist community will help verify your observations.


4. Join Activity Hubs: Throughout the challenge, activity hubs will pop up across the West of England. These hubs offer guided walks, workshops, and opportunities to connect with fellow participants. Check out the official City Nature Challenge website for hub locations and schedules.


www.citynaturechallenge.org

LAST YEAR'S SUCCESS

In 2023, the West of England region made waves during the City Nature Challenge. Over 1,500 participants submitted 10,000+ observations, showcasing the incredible diversity of our local flora and fauna. Let's build on that success this year!

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to take your involvement to the next level? Consider volunteering for the challenge. Help organize events, assist with identification, and spread the word. Visit the volunteer page to learn more.

Conclusion

So, grab your smartphone, channel your inner naturalist, and celebrate the wonders of the West of England. Together, we'll create a snapshot of our region's biodiversity—one observation at a time.


Happy exploring!