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A very young girl crouches down with a pen in her hand, looking at a sheet with pictures on it. Next to her is a magnifying glass. She is on a wood chip strewn trail leading past a fence through trees.

Join in with City Nature Challenge

Join in the global event, where people spot, snap and share the wildlife and nature they find on their doorstep, from 24 - 27 April 2020.

Over 200 cities worldwide, including nine others in the UK, are trying to find and record the most wildlife over the four day period.

Between 24 and 27 April, look for nature in your garden or home, and help us record as much wildlife as you can within Government self-isolation advice – the information collected will help us to better understand and protect urban wildlife.

Don’t have a garden? Look for life in windowboxes or pots, take pictures of what you see on your daily exercise walks. Watch birds from your windows.

How can you get involved?

Upload your findings using the free iNaturalist app or website to photograph and record any wildlife you see, anywhere in Greater London.

Join the iNaturalist project page to see how many wildlife observations have been recorded.

  • Download the app and create an account
  • Search in the Projects for City Nature Challenge 2020: London (or the city you are in)
  • Click Join to Join this challenge
  • Start uploading your observations

You can also download this guide to help: using iNaturalist

Great – what happens next?

Between 28 April and 3 May we need experts to help identify the species that have been spotted.

Confirming or improving community identifications increases the number of iNaturalist observations that are ‘research grade’ and can be more widely used to understand nature and wildlife in our cities.

Share your #NatureAtHome stories on social media and follow #CityNatureChallenge or #CNCLondon2020 for news from London and cities around the globe.

The City Nature Challenge is organised on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.

City Nature Challenge: London is led by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Royal Parks, University College London, the Field Studies Council, the Linnean Society, Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, and London Environmental Educators Forum (LEEF).