Volunteer for City Nature Challenge!

1st April 2022

We’re thrilled to open the Natural History Consortium’s spring volunteer programme with Bristol and Bath City Nature Challenge 2022!

After two years of running digital programmes City Nature Challenge is back with in person events, and we need your help to support and inspire people to record their local wildlife.

What is City Nature Challenge?

City Nature Challenge is an epic, global mission to record as much wildlife as possible! Bristol and Bath will be joining forces with 400+ cities across the world, to encourage as many people as possible to record their local wildlife from Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May 2022.

It’s easy to take part, you don’t have to be an expert or even know the name of the species you’ve seen. Just download the free iNaturalist app, take a picture of the nature you find, upload – and share. All recordings will contribute towards conservation efforts and inform plans for tackling the ecological emergency in the region.

This year City Nature Challenge hubs will be popping up in green spaces across the Bristol and Bath region to encourage people to take part, help them learn how to use iNaturalist, and offer engaging guided nature walks to practice wildlife recording skills.

What’s involved in volunteering

We are looking for friendly volunteers to help us to run our outdoor City Nature Challenge hubs on one or more of the challenge days from Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May, in parks and green spaces across the Bristol and Bath region.

This will involve:

  • Attending a training session on zoom before the event, ideally on Wed 20 April 12-1pm or 6-7pm, or on Friday 22 April 12-1pm
  • Meeting at 9am at our Bristol City Centre Office in BS1 or a central Bath location to collect equipment, meet the team, and take a taxi to the outdoor hub location
  • Helping to run the outdoor hub from 10-4pm: chatting to people about City Nature Challenge, helping people use iNaturalist, encouraging people to look for and record local wildlife – being the friendly face of City Nature Challenge!
  • Setting up and packing down simple hub equipment
  • Taking a taxi back with the team and equipment to our office
  • If you’d like to, joining us for thank you drinks/food at the end of the day, to celebrate a job well done with the team!

How to Register

If you would like to become a City Nature Challenge volunteer, please register your interest on this online form.

The form will take around 10 minutes to complete and will be open until midnight on Tuesday 19 April.

If you have any difficulties with the online form, please email us at info@bnhc.org.uk