City Nature Challenge.

As many of our supporters may remember, the Friends have worked with the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country on a similar project to the one below, but focusing on Hedgehogs. We thought you may want to try their latest project……

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The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, EcoRecord and Birmingham Museums Trust are calling for local residents to take part in the City Nature Challenge and help showcase the rich diversity of wildlife across Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

This global citizen science project takes place between Friday 30th April and Monday 3rd May 2021 and anyone can get involved by downloading the free iNaturalist app from inaturalist.org or from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Simply take a photo of any wild plant or animal and upload it to the app where the species-recognition software helps with identification.  Any wildlife counts including birds, mammals, insects, trees, flowers, amphibians, reptiles, fungi, moss and lichen.

Birmingham and the Black Country took part for the first time in 2020, recording over 1,300 species – more than any other European city area!  244 cities took part across the world and Birmingham and the Black Country placed 31st by number of species recorded ahead of all other UK cities that took part.  Some of the highlights of 2020 challenge recorded by Birmingham and Black Country residents included Weasel, Red kite and otter poo as well as the area’s first record of a rare Box Bug (Gonocerus acuteangulatus).
Take the City Nature Challenge!

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