City Nature Challenge
Friday 28 April - Monday 1 May

The City Nature Challenge (CNC2024) 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. Again this year, since the impact of COVID-19, the challenge is focussed on exploring the wildlife on your doorstep and working collaboratively, but with a competitive element!

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! You don’t actually have to be in a city.  The name of this challenge reflects its origins.

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. Remember you don’t need to be in a city to take part.  You can join in anywhere!

Whether spotting nature from your window or discovering our spineless friends in the garden – there’s plenty we can record without leaving home.

Where is the City Nature Challenge happening in our area?

The map below shows the “city” region covered by CNC North East England 2024.  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.

We have a couple of smaller public events planned so watch our Facebook page for more details, but remember, you can log your 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. Join the City Nature Challenge 2024: North East England Project

This is our local “city” so make sure you upload your records to this project so they are counted for our “city”!

3. 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.

4. Upload your observations

Make sure you upload your observations to the iNaturalist app by 9am on Monday 6th May.

City Nature Challenge North East England 2024 Map of Eligible Area

What is a wildlife record?

A wildlife record 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