City Nature Challenge Resources

Guidance for Schools, Home Educators and Youth Groups

Does Bristol have more birds than Brighton?  Cardiff more chestnuts than Coventry?  Manchester more minibeasts than Middlesbrough?  Help us find out by taking part in City Nature Challenge between Fri 30 April – Mon 3 May!

For information on how to take part, activity ideas and resources, download the City Nature Challenge Information For Schools and Educators.


City Nature Challenge Lesson Plans

Check out lesson plans, packed full of activity ideas!  The resources will teach children the basics of biological recording using the mobile phone app iNaturalist and how to take part in the City Nature Challenge.

The resources are designed for children aged 5-14, and include activities that can be done in the school grounds, at home, or during a daily walk.

All the plants and animals that are recorded on the iNaturalist app will help local and national conservation work.

Resources for Key Stage 1 & 2 (ages 5-11)

Resources for Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Download 4: A KS3 guide for observing nature (pdf)

Download 6: iNaturalist Key Stage 3 Lesson 1 (pdf)

Download 7: iNaturalist Key Stage 3 Lesson 2 (pdf)

Posters and how to guides

Download a poster or simple guide on how to use iNaturalist to share in your local greenspace, office or place of education.

Take part in City Nature Challenge poster (pdf)

How to use iNaturalist – A5 flyer (pdf)

Guides to spotting wildlife

Looking for guides on what to find or tips on how to record wildlife? Take a look at some of the guides from City Nature Challenge organisers from across the country:

City Nature Challenge Mindfulness Trail – Bathscape

We love trees – Kids spotter sheet – The Woodland Trust

Guide to common garden birds – RSPB

Invertebrate identification guide – OPAL

Guide to spiders in your home – Natural History Museum

How to make a pitfall trap – Natural History Museum

How to spot insects in the dark – Natural History Museum

How to make a footprint tunnel – Natural History Museum

City birds and how to watch them – Natural History Museum

Wildlife recording themed resources – Record LRC

Going on a bug hunt – Royal Parks Mission Invertebrate

Taking part in City Nature Challenge

Need more info?

  • Check out our FAQs here or email
  • Look out for the UK programme of virtual events, mini missions and activities – coming soon!
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