Come and help wildlife experts carry out a real scientific survey known as a BioBlitz.
At a glance
Work with scientists and naturalists to survey wildlife.
Type of activity: Outdoors
Who can take part? Everyone
When and where? Various locations. See the Dates of upcoming BioBlitzes box further down this page.
How long will it take? Participate for as long as you’d like.
A BioBlitz is a race against time to create a snapshot of the variety of life found in a specific location.
Wildlife experts and the wider public work together, within a set amount of time, to find and identify in the area as many species of plants, animals and fungi as possible.
BioBlitzes can be carried out anywhere there is wildlife, including urban areas such as parks, cemeteries and canals. The records collected during a BioBlitz form part of a genuine scientific survey of the area.
The event is an informal and fun way for young people and other members of the public to learn alongside experts, and share and develop their enthusiasm for nature.
People all over the world take part in BioBlitzes. Museum led BioBlitzes often involve activities led by our scientists and other experts, such as pond dipping, field surveys and wildlife walks. Participants can also use identification guides and tools like microscopes to help study species.
Dates of upcoming BioBlitzes
The Museum runs, or helps run, a number of BioBlitzes each year.
26-29 April 2019 - City Nature Challenge, worldwide including UK cities: Bristol, Bath, Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester
30 May 2019 - at the Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire
29-30 June 2019 - at the Museum in London, in the Wildlife Garden
Other organisations also run these events. Check the National BioBlitz Network for upcoming dates across the UK.