Whether you are interested in insects, birds, reptiles or amphibians, find out how you can help the UK's experts to map the biodiversity of the UK.
As well as the surveys that the Museum runs, there are many other national wildlife surveys happening all over the UK. Here are some examples that you can take part in. We will update this list as new ones launch.
Find out about the threats facing our trees’ health and provide scientists with vital information about pests and diseases affecting oak, ash and horse chestnut trees.
Our conker trees (horse chestnuts) are under attack by invading moths. Help scientists in their mission to find out how far these alien invaders have spread and how well birds and other insects are controlling them.
What are ancient trees and why are they such perfect homes for other plants, animals and fungi? Find out the answers from the Woodland Trust and help them map the distribution of ancient trees in Britain.
Invertebrates play a vital role pollinating plants, recycling nutrients and providing food for birds. But which habitats do they prefer and how does the built environment affect them? Help scientists find out.
Join in the OPAL biodiversity survey and discover the diverse range of wildlife that hedges support.
Take part in the OPAL water survey and help scientists learn more about how polluted our lakes and ponds are - something we know surprisingly little about.
Find out how much pollution there is in your local area by looking for lichens, which are natural indicators of air pollution.
Earthworms play a vital role in recycling plant nutrients and aerating the soil, but scientists still have a lot to learn about them. Help them find out more by joining the earthworm hunt in your local park or garden.
The stag beetle is a protected species in the UK, following its extinction in many European countries. Help find out if its numbers are stable in the UK by joining the Great Stag Hunt.
Oil beetles are under threat in the UK and have been identified as priorities for conservation action. Help conservation efforts by recording your sightings.
The Royal Horticultural Society wants you to help track 4 invasive insect species that are pests of British plants.
The dragonfly fauna of Britain is changing. Help the British Dragonfly Society gather up-to-date information about the distribution of British dragonflies and damselflies by recording species in your area.
Britain’s only native dormouse species, the hazel dormouse, is now rare in the UK. By searching for nibbled hazel nuts you could help identify woods where they still occur.
The harlequin ladybird is the most invasive ladybird species on Earth and it arrived in Britain in 2004. By taking part in this survey you can help to monitor its spread across Britain.
Find out how you can help fill gaps in scientists' knowledge about birds in the UK. You can record information online about your bird sightings, from common garden birds to rare migrants.
Help scientists find out how healthy the countryside is, by monitoring common wildflowers. You will not only be helping plants but also the insects and other invertebrates that depend on them.
The National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme runs a number of surveys. Seek out rare visitors to your local area, like the adder and great-crested newt, or spot more regular ones like the common frog.
Hedgehog populations are declining in some parts of the UK. Record your sightings in the Hogwatch survey to help track populations and join in the Hedgehog Street project to find out positive actions you can take.
Help record the distribution of non-native animal and plants that have been brought into the UK which have a negative impact on native wildlife.
Numbers of swifts have dropped dramatically in the past 10 years and they are now officially a Conservation Concern. Help scientists to help them by telling the RSPB about any swifts you see.
If you run a natural history society or wildlife recording scheme, join Nature Groups Near You and attract new members.
Scientists at the Museum's Centre for UK Biodiversity and the Biological Records Centre have produced a practical guide to setting up citizen science projects to study biodiversity and the environment.
Guide to citizen science PDF (3.4 MB)