Take part in City Nature Challenge across the West of England!

26th April 2022

City Nature Challenge returns to the West of England between Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May. Become a wildlife hero this bank holiday weekend by downloading the free iNaturalist app and recording the wildlife you see!

You can take part wherever you are or join the City Nature Challenge team at pop-up hubs in parks and green spaces across the region.

There’s so much happening for this year’s Challenge - whether you’re keen to brush up on your ID skills, want to learn how to record for the first time, or simply looking for a fun wildlife themed day out – we’ve got you covered!


FRIDAY 29 APRIL

iNaturalist Training session and Campus Nature Ramble | UWE’s Frenchay Campus, BS16 1QY

This session is open to all UWE staff, students and local residents. Meet at Meeting Room 1, the Students Union U Block

iNaturalist training: 1pm – 1:45pm

Learn a new skill over lunch by joining a free online training session. Find out how to help the nature around you by recording local wildlife using iNaturalist!

Nature Ramble: 2pm – 2:50pm

Take a stroll around UWE’s Green Campus and record the wildlife you find, led by a wildlife expert.


City Centre Hub | Queen Square, BS1 4LH | 8am - 5:30pm

Come down to Queen Square to find out more about City Nature Challenge, learn how to use iNaturalist, and practice your wildlife recording skills with other residents and visitors to Bristol.

Join a free guided nature walk led by ecologist Cat Baker or naturalist & author Ed Drewitt and/or join a workshop with hands-on activity run by scientists from the University of Bristol

Sign up for a 30-minute wildlife walk

Sign up for to take part in an Identifying wildlife using DNA workshop


Wild Place Project Hub |Wild Place Project, BS10 7TP | 10am – 4pm

Join us at Wild Place Project on 29 April and help record the sites amazing native wildlife including a magnificent array of birds, wood mice, butterflies, rabbits, squirrels, dragonflies, field voles, frogs and the more elusive badgers, deer and foxes! And of course we won’t judge you if you want to record the giraffes, cheetahs and lemurs too…


Bat Walk | Bath City Farm, BA2 1NW | 7:45pm – 9:00pm

Come and find out more about these mysterious little creatures that live in Bath and use the Farm. We'll use bat detectors to track them and hopefully spot them flying.

Booking essential


SATURDAY 30 APRIL

Castle Park Hub | Castle Park, BS1 3XB | 10am – 4pm

Come down to Castle Park to find out more about City Nature Challenge, learn how to use iNaturalist, and practice your wildlife recording skills with other residents and visitors to Bristol.

Join a free guided nature walk led by ecologist Cat Baker or naturalist & author Ed Drewitt and/or join a workshop with hands-on activity run by scientists from the University of Bristol.

Join the City Nature Challenge team and wildlife experts who’ll be located near the Castle Footbridge.

Sign up for a 30-minute wildlife walk.

Sign up for to take part in a Identifying wildlife using DNA workshop


Bath City Farm Big Nature Watch | Bath City Farm, BA2 1NW | 7am – 4pm

As part of City Nature Challenge Bathscape will be running a Big Nature Watch at Bath City Farm.  See how much wildlife you can find across the whole of Saturday at the Farm and join one of the many amazing free bookable guided walks and events focusing on birds, moths, newts, butterflies, general wildlife walks and family activities – bug hunting and pond dipping.

Find out more


Frampton Cotterell BioBlitz | Centenary field, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2AA | 5am – 9:30pm

Together with Frampton Cotterell Nature Group, Frampton Cotterell Parish Council has organised a fun BioBlitz to find and identify as much wildlife as possible! Check out the Frampton Cotterell BioBlitz Weekend Facebook page for more info about walks and workshops happening throughout the day!


SUNDAY 1 MAY

Tyntesfield Hub | National Trust’s Tyntesfield, Wraxall, BS48 1NX | 10am – 4pm

Take part in this year’s West of England City Nature Challenge during your visit to Tyntesfield. Learn how to record data on plants, insects, and other wildlife using iNaturalist, contributing to conservation efforts in the region.

Join a free workshop with hands-on activity run by scientists from the University of Bristol.

Sign up for to take part in a Identifying wildlife using DNA workshop


My Wild City: BioBlitz at Stockwood Open Space | Stockwood Open Space, BS14 8JN | 11am – 3pm

Are you a bird spotter, plant lover, tree hugger? Would you like to learn more about the wildlife on your doorstep? Or enjoy a wild day outside? Then this is for you!

Come along to BioBlitz at Stockwood Open Space - a wildlife haven made up of ancient woodland, ponds, wildflower meadows and an orchard!

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. The main goal of a BioBlitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. Exciting!

Find out more


Family Fun Sundays in Brickfields Park! | Brickfields Park, Bath, BA2 1BJ | 10:30am - 1:00pm |

Join a family fun day at Brickfields Park hosted by Your Park Bristol & Bath to help create new habitats for wildlife, whilst recording all the wildlife you see!

Find out more


BioBlitz at Blaise Castle | Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol BS10 7QS | 10am – 4pm

It’s the final day of City Nature Challenge, so we’re focussing all our energy into recording the wildlife across Blaise Castle Estate! Swing by and join wildlife walks and activities throughout the day!

Join the City Nature Challenge team and wildlife experts near the Blaise Castle Café.


INSTAGRAM COMPETITION

Take part in our Instagram competition with Bristol BID! As well as uploading your nature pictures to iNaturalist, share them on Instagram to take part in our competition to find the best wildlife photo taken in Bristol!

Share your photos on insta and use the hashtag #CityNatureChallengeBristol to be in with a chance of winning a family annual pass to Wild Place Project.

Photos can be taken anywhere across Bristol, from local green spaces and parks, to views from windows and gardens, or city walls and rooftops.

Competition starts on Instagram at 12am on 29 April and ends at 11.59pm on 2 May. Get sharing!


The Bristol and Bath Region City Nature Challenge has been made possible with support from Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District, Bristol City Council, NINEVEH Charitable Trust, Redcliffe and Temple Business Improvement District, South Gloucestershire Council, and Wessex Water.

City Nature Challenge is a four-day global wildlife recording mission taking place in 450+ cities around the world. Residents and visitors across Bristol and Bath are taking part to help put nature on the map in the region from 29 April – 2 May.

You don’t have to be an expert or even know the name of the species you’ve seen. Just download the iNaturalist app, take a picture of the nature you find, upload – and share.  Once on the app, join the Bristol & Bath Project see live updates on how your area and the rest of the UK are doing.