Festival of Nature: City Nature Challenge update

To support the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers during the coronavirus social distancing period, Festival of Nature will be making some significant changes to our spring and summer programming. View our latest statement here.

Time outdoors in nature will be vitally important to everyone’s health and wellbeing over the coming weeks and we will be launching a new programme of social distancing friendly activities using online technology to help you connect with nature and each other this spring and summer. We will start with City Nature Challenge on 24th-27th April, collaborating with 150+ cities across the world to find and record as much local wildlife as possible over 4 days.

In line with Government advice we will not be encouraging people to gather for in person events and group activities, instead developing a series of alternative activities which may include:

  • Digital wildlife ID parties
  • Live streamed iNaturalist wildlife recording training
  • Social media wildlife walks / virtual park and nature reserve tours
  • ‘How to’ guide videos for wildlife spotting whilst social distancing
  • Window watch wildlife challenge – what’s living in your garden/street/house?
  • Home schooling activities for families

The international organisers of City Nature Challenge have announced that this year’s City Nature Challenge is no longer a competition. View the full statement here.

We want to embrace the collaborative aspect of the City Nature Challenge this year and the healing power of nature to allow people to document their local biodiversity in whatever way they can. In a time full of cancellations and upheaval, we believe this to be a very positive way to enable communities to come together.

If you would like to take part or help develop content for this new look programme we’d love to chat further.