City Nature Challenge 2020

Send us your sightings of ANYTHING you see, from ladybirds to flowers, and frogs to trees, from 24-27 April 2020

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for information about wildlife sightings across Nottingham

What’s happening with City Nature Challenge 2020

Between April 24th to 27th Nottingham will be taking part in the international competition, City Nature Challenge 2020. We will be competing with 266 cities from across the world to record as much wildlife as possible.

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife City Local Group and Nottingham Urban Wildlife Scheme is leading the City Nature Challenge 2020 for Nottingham.

The challenge takes place in 2 parts: 

April 24th to 27th - a variety of public events will be held as well as encouraging individual activities to record wildlife from lichens to larks and from fungi to foxgloves.  
April 28th to May 3rd - organising and verifying the wildlife sightings to ensure that they are included in our tally!

In 2019 Leicester recorded 831 species – can we do better?

There will be events happening all over the City of Nottingham, keep checking our events page where we will add them as they are confirmed.

**EDIT: We expect all public events to be cancelled or postponed due to the Coronovirus situation.  Instead, we will be providing information and support in recording sightings in our own gardens, homes and out the window! ***


During the City Nature Challenge we will be using iNaturalist, a free app available for Android and Apple devices. For more information visit the iNaturalist website where you will find details of all the City Nature Challenge events taking place across the world and lots of help and advice on using the app and the website.
Our project is the 'Nottingham City Nature Challenge 2020'
We suggest downloading the iNaturalist App now and practice recording wildlife around you. That way you will be ready to go on 24 April 2020.


If you don’t have access to a smart phone or tablet you can also get involved by writing down everything you see in your local park, nature reserve, greenspace, or garden!
You will need to let us know enough information so we can identify what you saw and where
What you saw: e.g. Waxwing
Where you saw it: e.g. Woodthorpe Park or behind BT offices Hucknall Road or give the postcode
When you saw it: Saturday 25 April 10 am
Any observations: Feeding in a group on rowan trees;

All records will be collected and stored with our partners and where possible passed to the National Biodiversity Network to be recorded on the NBN Atlas. Your help in recording will inform our understanding of Nottingham City's wildlife.

Ways to be involved:
Download the iNaturalist App and record wildlife
Help Identify the sightings on iNaturalist
Help us upload ‘paper’ records sent to us between 28 April and 3 May 2020.

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City Nature Challenge continues - in the HOME!

Our City Nature Challenge may not go ahead as planned, as we have to cancel our public events due to the coronovirus pandemic, but there has never been a better time to study the wildlife in our own gardens! So come on NOTTINGHAM and JOIN IN in our 2020 ‘‘Backyard Nature Challenge’!

The City Nature Challenge is an international, annual event!

Wildlife in the City takes on the City Nature Challenge 2020

Get your notepad, perhaps a magnifying glass, or even a pair of binoculars.  We want to hear about every wildlife sighting (plants, trees, pondlife, birds, insects, moss ANYTHING) on the weekend of 24-27 April 2020.

City Nature Challenge 2020 Event

City Nature Challenge 2020 Event

30th Apr 2020

Across Nottingham we - with our friends and partners- will be recording our wildlife sightings from our back gardens and encouraging you to do the same!  We want to hear about your foxes that visit in the morning, the visitors to your birdfeeders, the wildflower that grow in your mini meadow, or between the cracks in your patio!  We will be mainly app based, which will help with identificaiton if you aren’t sure, alongside a team of volunteer ‘wildlife verifiers’.

Full details are available on our wildlife sightings page, and events will be posted here as they are confirmed.

CANCELLEDColwick Country Park Bird Walk

CANCELLEDColwick Country Park Bird Walk

26th Apr 2020

CANCELLEDJoin members of Notts Birders to list the many birds on one of our largest city wetlands

2pm - 4pm
Meet outside Colwick Hall Hotel on Racecourse Road,
please no dogs - and bring binoculars!

CANCELLEDEdingley-Square-Community-Garden-Explore

CANCELLEDEdingley-Square-Community-Garden-Explore

24th Apr 2020

CANCELLEDJoin Transition Sherwood to explore this Community Garden, recording all the wildlife we find!
3pm - 5pm

Entrance between nos. 11/12 Edingley Square, Sherwood
contact: nwtcitygroup@gmail.com

CANCELLEDGreen’s Windmill Bat walk and Moth trap

CANCELLEDGreen’s Windmill Bat walk and Moth trap

25th Apr 2020

Checking out the night-time wildlife in this event at one of Nottingham’s iconic venues!

Join us for a bat walk at 8pm
Moth trapping will start about 9pm
This event will go on til late (potentially 1pm!)
*all aspects of this event are weather dependent*

Contact: nwtcitygroup@gmail.com

CANCELLEDHighfields Park, City Nature Challenge Open Day

CANCELLEDHighfields Park, City Nature Challenge Open Day

25th Apr 2020

CANCELLEDCalling all mini beast enthusiasts, tree huggers or potty about plants: your park needs you!! Come help us find the most number of species on our park, and link into this world wide adventure. Help put our parks wildlife on the world’s map.
Take part in our City-wde, national and international challenge to try and identify what and how many species we have on the park.  We will be looking for mini beast, trees, plants butterflies, animals.

12noon - 4pm, find us near the Boathouse.
Steven.Clarke@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

CANCELLEDValley Road Water Meadow Bird Walk

CANCELLEDValley Road Water Meadow Bird Walk

25th Apr 2020

CANCELLEDJoin Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust bird expert, Mark Speck and members of the City Local Group to explore our ‘ring road reserve’ which has lots of habitats and birdlife.

9.30am - approx. 11am
Entrance on walkway between Valley Road & Ribblesdale Road
contact: nwtcitygroup@gmail.com

CANCELLEDWoodthorpe Meadow Community Open Day

CANCELLEDWoodthorpe Meadow Community Open Day

26th Apr 2020

CANCELLEDJoin the Keeping it Wild team for a family fun day with games and activities to showcase and identify the species on site using mobile phone apps and activity sheets.

11am - 2.30pm,
entrance is adjacent to Sherwood Community Centre (Please don’t park in the community centre car park; walk, bike or bus (Mansfield Road has regular buses).

contact: lbacon@nottswt.co.uk

CANCELLEDSt Ann’s Allotments Urban Nature Wildlife Identification

CANCELLEDSt Ann’s Allotments Urban Nature Wildlife Identification

25th Apr 2020

CANCELLEDJoin STAA at St Ann’s Allotments for their Urban Nature project to explore everything ‘wild’ from trees, plants, birds and amphibians.
Dr Linda Birkin, Nottingham’s most friendly entomologist and member of the ‘Buzz Club’ will be joining us too so we can get up close with creepy crawlies as well.

10am - 2pm, entrance via Ransom Road
Contact: info@staa-allotments.org.uk

CANCELLEDBat Walk at Martins Pond

CANCELLEDBat Walk at Martins Pond

26th Apr 2020

CANCELLED
Join the Friends of Wollaton Local Nature Reserves and members of Nottinghamshire Bat Group for a nighttime explore of our winged friends!

*weather dependent*
meet at 8pm,

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