Using the iNaturalist app for biological recording and public participation

Join the Natural History Consortium and the British Ecological Society for a free online training session on how to use iNaturalist and take part in in City Nature Challenge!

About this Event

When: 21st April 16:00 BST

Who: both BES members and non-members can attend

This one hour event for BES members will explore how to take part in City Nature Challenge including a demonstration and question & answer on using the iNaturalist app for participatory wildlife recording. This event will also include a short 15 minute networking session.

Exclusive to the BES, attendees to this event will learn:

– How to use iNaturalist in biological recording

– How to take part in City Nature Challenge and access the iNaturalist data set

– How to integrate the app into citizen science projects

We advise downloading the free iNaturalist app onto your smartphone or tablet before the session, which can be found in your app store.



What is City Nature Challenge?

City Nature Challenge is an epic, global citizen science project to collect information about our local wildlife. In 2021 fourteen UK regions are collaborating with 400+ cities across the world to find and record as much wildlife as possible to help track how nature is bouncing back this spring! To take part simply download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone or tablet and use it to upload photos of any wildlife you see from your windows, gardens and during your daily outdoor exercise.


What is iNaturalist?

One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps identify the plants and animals around us while being part of a growing community of scientists and naturalists. The iNaturalist community in the United Kingdom has been growing steadily over the past few years. From around 10,000 observers in early 2019 there are now more than 56,000 observers who have recorded over 15,000 species in the UK.

Find out more about City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist at


This session has been organised by the Natural History Consortium, a charitable collaboration of 14 organisations working together on a shared mission: to develop, test and disseminate best practice to engage everyone with the environment and natural world.