The international organisers of City Nature Challenge (The Natural History Museum Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences) have announced the final results for City Nature Challenge. Here are a few of the stats from across the globe and specifically from the UK:
- An amazing 422 cities from across the world took part in the global City Nature Challenge this year. This included 14 cities in the UK
- Across the world, 1,270,767 records were submitted of 45,300+ different species (including more than 2,100 rare/endangered/threatened species) by 52,777 people!
Although this year the Challenge wasn’t a competition it’s great that so many UK City regions were so high up in the global score board including:
- 3 UK cities were in the top 10% of cities from across the world in terms of records submitted (Birmingham & Black Country, Liverpool City Region and Bristol & Bath)
- Brighton and Eastern Downs was the only UK city that made it to the top 50 for the number of species recorded
- The Bristol & Bath region and London were in the top 40 city regions for participants
- Across the UK, 62,260 observations of 3,103 different species were submitted by 3,245 amazing people!
So what were some of the finds?
- The top 5 most recorded species were: Wood Pigeon, Garlic Mustard, Blackbird, Cow Parsley and Lesser Celandine
- An incredible 157 different species of birds, 1,555 different species of plants, 715 different insects, and 49 different species of mammals were recorded. (You can take a look at the full breakdown of taxonomic groups on iNaturalistUK)
- Three of the most amazing finds include: a Spoonbill, and a Whinchat (both spotted in the Liverpool City region) and a Green veined orchid seen in London!
Take a look at the final UK City Nature Challenge map on iNaturalist and see what other things were found across the Challenge and by whom.
City Nature Challenge 2022
If you missed the boat in registering your city for the international challenge in 2021 then make sure to register your interest for 2022 using this form from the international organisers.