Event Resources

You may use these resources to support your BioBlitz event.

BioBlitz Checklist

Please see our handy checklist to help you plan your BioBlitz event (based on checklist from the Guide to Running a BioBlitz 2.0)

Checklist for Running a BioBlitz Event

Training Guides for iNaturalist

It is crucial to make good records of the species found, for records to be submitted to Local Data Record Centres. This is most easily done through iNaturalist, although other recording apps are available (such as iRecord). Please share the following training guides (video/printout) on how to use iNaturalist. We recommend sharing these with volunteers ahead of the event.

Video guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F65MVZO7dYE

A4 printable guide: How to Record Wildlife on iNaturalist

Set up your iNaturalist project page

If you’re using iNaturalist during your BioBlitz, it’s a good idea to set up a “project” page. This is so you’ll be able to see all the species that are recorded over your event within the boundaries of your site. We recommended having a look at our guide on setting up an iNaturalist project, which has the information you need on how to do this. Please note, you cannot set up a project until you’ve made at least 50 wildlife records on your account, so get practicing and uploading wildlife records!

BioBlitz Data Recording Sheet

We recommend printing some Data Recording Sheets for those who may not wish to use iNaturalist, or may not have access to a phone. Records made in this way will have to be typed up (often onto Excel) and sent to your local data record centre. Please see advice our document on An Introduction to Recording Species at BioBlitz Events for how to combine using iNaturalist and recording sheets to make the most out of your event.

Here is a template of a paper record sheet that you can use to collect your species data.

BioBlitz Data Recording Sheet

Risk Assessment Template

Please note that this is a template with suggested risks and outcomes and intended as a guide only. Please complete a rigorous assessment taking account of all of the specifics of your event, site and activities. For further advice/info, please contact your local authority.

Download a risk assessment template

Guide to Running a BioBlitz (2013)

This Guide to Running a BioBlitz document* is an in-depth guide for the logistics of how to run a BioBlitz event. It offers guidance on many useful topics such as Where to recruit scientific experts and volunteers, ideas for publicity and activities. Please note, due to being written in 2012, it does not not cover how to use iNaturalist, and we are aware that some hyperlinks are broken.

BioBlitz-Guide-2013.pdf #

*Guide to running a BioBlitz 2.0 by Robinson, L.D., Tweddle, J.C., Postles, M.C., West, S.E., & Sewell, J. (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, Stockholm Environment Insitute York and Marine Biological Association

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