An international competition to see which city can make the most observations of nature, find the most species and engage the most people

Children drawing what they see in bug pots

The City Nature Challenge is a global initiative to encourage people across the world to make observations and recordings of urban nature. Between 30th April and 9th May 2021, Nottingham will be taking part in the challenge for the second time.


We are working in partnership with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust City Local Group, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Open Spaces Forum, National Biodiversity Network and Notts Bat Group to coordinate Nottingham's entry, building on the success of the 2020 competition, where Nottingham came top in the UK leaderboard for observations per square kilometre. 

We received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to engage local schools and youth groups with the City Nature Challenge, through bioblitz kits and Q&A sessions.