The City Nature challenge is a global citizen science project, running from 28th April – 1st May. For the “collaboration-meets-friendly-competition”, city regions around the world compete to see who can find the most species within the 4 days. Last year the Liverpool City Region submitted nearly 8000 records! Participants simply download the free iNaturalist app or visit their website ( and sign up to the Liverpool City Region group, take a photo of a plant, insect or animal in the area and upload it. Observations are then be reviewed by experts and added to a database, contributing to important research and conservation efforts.

Why not join us at Spike Island (near the Catalyst Discovery Center) on the 29th April and Runcorn Hill Park (near Esposito’s Deli) on the 30th April where we’ll be holding our BioBlitz weekend, offering an insight into the wildlife on our doorstep and the ecology along the Mersey Estuary with MGET staff and volunteers on hand to help identify species and record sightings. We’d love to see you there!

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