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

The City Nature Challenge is a global initiative to encourage people across the world to make observations and recordings of urban nature. Between 24th April and 3rd May 2020, Nottingham will be taking part in the challenge for the first 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 first ever entry.

We received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to engage 25 local schools and 5 youth groups with the City Nature Challenge, and although original plans have changed, we are still working with schools to encourage their families to get involved at home. 


The public events planned for the City Nature Challenge in Nottingham have now been cancelled. Due to school closures, we are postponing delivery of kit and training for teachers until further notice. However, we still want people to take part and are asking individuals or families to take part by:

1) Downloading iNaturalist and start taking photos of plants, insects, animals and fungi

2) Recording wildlife in the garden or while taking a quick walk - this can be done all year round, but recordings for the City Nature Challenge need to be uploaded Friday 24th April - Monday 27th April

3) Identifying the species that have been recorded through the iNaturalist app - this can be done all year round, but City Nature Challenge species need to be identified by Monday 3rd May

Please follow latest PHE and Government guidelines and take care. 

We will be sending information out to schools and youth groups that signed up with more details of how families can take part at home. 


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