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Discovering nature…from home!

Dr Rachel White is encouraging the University of Brighton community to get involved in the 2020 City Nature Challenge between 24-27 April – which has adapted to the coronavirus restrictions by focusing on the wildlife you can discover from home.

The worldwide collaborative event will see over 200 city regions working together to discover the wildlife on their doorstep. Dr White, Senior Lecturer in Ecology & Conservation, is leading The Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere’s (The Living Coast) entry into the challenge.

From the comfort of your own home, the flagship event of Nature 2020 involves people taking photos of nature through the free iNaturalist App. From there, the number of observations, observers and identified species will be collated and logged to measure how successful each region has been, with the final results announced on 4 May.

Dr White told BBC Radio Sussex: “Across the world, the City Nature Challenge has had to shift its plan for how everybody can get involved – but there are still plenty of ways.

“We’re asking people to see what they find from home – in their back garden, allotment, balcony, window box – or even indoors!”

If you are not sure what you are taking a photo of, the online community on iNaturalist will be able to help identify it for you.

“Anyone can get involved, whether you’re an experienced naturalist or curious beginner, young, old, families – anyone. You’re looking for things like wild flowers and plants, not pets!”

Find out more about the City Nature Challenge and listen to Dr White’s interview on BBC Radio Sussex (scroll to 2h49m).

Stephanie Thomson • April 23, 2020

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