1st May 2021

We can't believe we're half way through City Nature Challenge 2021 already!

Here's a quick recap of what's happened so far...

Over the first 2 days of #CNCUK we've seen an amazing 22,000 records submitted to the project map, and had 1,750 people using iNaturalist to record an astounding 1,868 different species! A huge well done to everyone who has taken part so far!

In today's blog we're going to look at a break down of the Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Plants that have been recorded so far


What's been found so far?

So far there have been 34 different species of mammals recorded across the UK including Foxes, Hedgehogs, 3 different species of deer!

What's missing?

There are no records of bats yet! Obviously, it's quite hard to get a photo of the fast moving mammal using a phone camera in the dark. So if you've got a bat detector make sure to upload a sound file using the "record sound" function on iNaturalist.

Amphibians and reptiles

What's been found so far?

An amazing 9 different species of amphibians and reptiles have been discovered so far from Slow Worms to Common Frogs , Adders to Toads, and all three species of native newts have been recorded!

What's missing?

Slow Worms are the only Lizards yet recorded, (and, no Slow Worms have been recorded north of Bristol). Has anyone seen a Common or Sand Lizard yet? If so, get it on iNaturalist!


What's been found so far?

Unsurprisingly, for things which don't move much, plants are storming ahead in the records (accounting for 56% percentage of the UK total) with over 1,000 different species recorded so far!

What's missing?

We've seen well over 100 records of the plants you might find in any park up and down the UK including Dandelions, Common Nettles, Cleavers and Common Daisy. A surprisingly low amount of trees have been recorded, with only 30 oaks, 9 Weeping Willows and 7 Small Leaved Lime.


What's been found so far?

3,000 records of birds have been made during the Challenge! With Wood Pigeon topping the chart of most recorded bird, closely followed by Blackbird and Mallard. "Star spots" include Barn owls, Great Egrets and Harris's Hawks!

What's missing?

Only 2 species of Owl have been found - are you out recording this evening? Make sure to keep an eye out!

Take a look at all the records that have been uploaded to iNaturalist in the UK across the City Nature Challenge weekend here.

What's the best thing you found today during City Nature Challenge? Let us know on social media by using the hashtag #CNCUK

City Nature Challenge runs for a further 2 days - if you would like to take part simply download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone or tablet device (or use the desktop version) and record the nature you see during the bank holiday weekend!