City Nature Challenge
Friday 24th - Monday 27th April

The City Nature Challenge (CNC2020) is a global bioblitz competition to get the most people recording, the most records and the highest number of different species recorded across one weekend in April.

People in regions across the world will take part by logging their sightings on the iNaturalist platform with a view to recording as much wildlife as they can!

How do I take part?

Taking part is really easy. All you need to do is sign-up for an account on iNaturalist and start logging your sightings. Watch the video below for more information.

Where is the City Nature Challenge happening in our area?

The map below shows the “city” region covered by CNC North East England 2020.  You can see it extends from the Scottish border, along the Cumbrian border to the border with North Yorkshire in the South and 10km into the North Sea.  There’ll be some events taking place over the weekend, so be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest events, don’t worry though, you don’t need to attend an event to take part.

You can log you sightings anywhere – Gardens, parks, nature reserves – even in the sea!

All you need to do is:

1. Download the iNaturalist app

Download the free phone app and create an account.  There is a website version too.

2. Find wildlife and photograph or make a sound recording of what you find.

Any wildlife, plants, animals or fungi and even evidence of wildlife, like tracks and feathers counts.

3. Upload your observations

Make sure you upload your observations to the iNaturalist app by Sunday 3 May.

City Nature Challenge North East England 2020 Map of Eligible Area

What is a wildlife record?

Quite simply, it is a documented occurrence of an animal or plant, at a specific location and point in time by a named person. Four key pieces of information need to be in place to ensure that the record is valid:

  • What did you see?
  • When did you see it?
  • Who saw it?
  • Where did you see it?

Our website can help you find your location by using an interactive map but the fantastic Grab a Grid Reference website is also very handy.

Often, you may want to add in some more information, like what the species was doing, how many there were, what age or sex the species was. As well as being interesting, this additional information is also extremely useful.

If you would like more information please contact us at

ERIC North East, Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT