City Nature Challenge 2019 - London

Take part in a global competition by finding and identifying nature in London.

London is competing with over 160 cities worldwide, including six other UK cities, to find and record the most wildlife across the city in a four day period. You can find out more at www.citynaturechallenge.org

As part of the challenge we are holding a BioBlitz - a 24 hour nature survey - in Hyde Park. This will feature an exciting programme of guided walks, drop in activities and nature themed stalls. A team of dedicated scientists, naturalists and volunteers will be available to help you identify all the animals, plants and other living things you find. The information collected from your observations will help to create a valuable record of London’s biodiversity. 

Everyone can take part in the City Nature Challenge - both Londoners as well as visitors to the city, and there will be activities for children aged five and over as well as adults.

We’re hoping to make London one of the winning cities for 2019, so come along and help us record as much wildlife as you can!

At a glance

Discover nature in London and help the city win the City Nature Challenge 2019!

Type of activity: Outdoors

Who can take part? Everyone

When? Saturday 27 April 2019 - Visit the events page for more information (other activities take place across the weekend)

Where? The Lookout - Hyde Park (plus further local events across London)

How long will it take? About two minutes per observation

Cost: Free

City Nature Challenge London is being led by the Museum in partnership with the Royal Parks, University College London, the Field Studies Council and London Environmental Educators Forum.

How can I get involved?

1. Download the free iNaturalist app from the AppStore or Google Play and set up your account.

2. Between 26 and 29 April 2019 use the app to photograph and record any wildlife you see, anywhere in Greater London. You can also take part using the iNaturalist website.

3. You can join the City Nature Challenge 2019: London project page on iNaturalist to see how many wildlife observations have been recorded across the city.

4. Saturday 27 April 2019: Join our drop-in BioBlitz event in Hyde Park from 10:00am onwards at The Lookout (location map). Please share details with family and friends. There will be a number of surveys and nature themed activities on the day, including a bat survey, earthworm survey, pond dipping and guided walks. Family activities will be especially suitable for those with children aged 5-14.

Information for teachers

We're inviting primary and secondary schools in Greater London to participate in the challenge too. To get started, take a look at our simple city nature challenge guide for schools, with activity ideas and resources to inspire you to take learning outdoors! The activities are also suitable for youth groups or afterschool clubs.

Download:

Events in Hyde Park

As part of the Challenge weekend, there will be a number of free pre-bookable activities in Hyde Park on the evening of Friday 26 April and during the day on Saturday 27 April. Events are free but please book a ticket to secure a place.

For more information and to book tickets please visit the events page.

Activities around London

There are a host of  free activities taking place around London over the City Nature Challenge weekend. Please see the map below for events in your area.

City Nature Challenge 2019 around the UK

Seven UK cities are taking part in this year's event, competing against over 160 cities worldwide. If you are in any of the following cities between 26 - 29 April 2019, you can take part by using iNaturalist to record any wildlife you see. 

Events across London

There are free events happening across London over the Challenge weekend. See the map on this page.

You can search for pre-bookable activities on Eventbrite using the search term ‘City Nature Challenge London 2019’.

Further information

City Nature Challenge is organised by:

Supporting organisations