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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What’s happening with City Nature Challenge 2020

City Nature Challenge 2020: Nottingham
Wildlife Recording Event : 24 April – 27 April 2020

The City Nature Challenge is an international event to record our urban wildlife. Over 200 cities across the world are taking part this year with 10 from the UK including Nottingham. This year we will be concentrating on what we can find around our homes. Instead of a competition it will now be a collaborative celebration of recording nature from across the world.

To take part, simply download the free iNaturalist app via the website and take photos of the plants, insects, animals, birds or fungi you spot from your windows or outside your house. No expert knowledge needed: the app will help you to ID your findings, or you can share the photo with the global community for an answer.

In all cases please follow the latest NHS and Government guidelines and look after yourself.

Get involved by:
recording wildlife in the area around your home e.g. in the garden, from your balcony, pavement areas or your allotment
Check out your garden shed, garage and other crevices to see who or what we share our home with
Help identify the wildlife that is seen

Simply search for the City Nature Challenge 2020, Nottingham City, UK on iNaturalist to see what people around you are spotting.

We also need help to identify wildlife sightings on the iNaturalist website that are recorded over the CNC weekend. More information on how to do this is on the iNaturalist website and the Nottingham City page.

We want as many people as possible to take part so even if you don’t live in the City please still record your sightings in iNaturalist. We will be collating sightings from across the UK as well at City Nature Challenge UK.

Sightings need to be recorded between 24 and 27 April 2020. They will then need to be uploaded to iNaturalist by 3 May 2020 to count in our tally.

For more information about this event and future wildlife activities in Nottingham  please visit Wildlife in the City.

For more ideas of nature activities please visit The Natural History Consortium who have collated resources from across the UK which will be made freely available.

Other useful websites:

RSPB Wild Challenge:

Wildlife Trusts Activities at Home:


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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’!

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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.

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