There are several events on urban wildlife across London during the City Nature Challenge, which this year will be 26-29th April (Friday to Monday). This is a yearly friendly competition between cities around the world to celebrate and identify urban wildlife. You can look it up here http://citynaturechallenge.org/ and very soon there’ll be a lot more materials from the Natural History Museum coming out for anyone running an event.
Two public events will be:
Friday: UCL Conservation Society, afternoon BioBlitz probably in Gordon Square by UCL;
Saturday: Natural History Museum and several other teams, all-day series of wildlife events.
Are there any wildlife enthusiasts among you who would be able to help identify commonly found species in London? Particularly low-key ones such as pond insects, fungi, lichens etc? Would you be able to help out at either of the above events? NHM would be able to pay up to £20 in travel expenses, and you’d probably get fed. I’ll ask about expenses from UCL Conservation, but I expect it’s likely you’d get the same.
Happy to answer any questions about City Nature Challenge – it’s designed so that the entry barrier is extremely low. Most of the nature recording is done on apps such as iNaturalist. The idea is that any member of the public can just get out their phone, snap a photo of a nettle or pigeon or something more interesting if they’re lucky, and it would count towards the total number of organisms recorded. It’s essentially a scicomm/public engagement event, encouraging people to get into recording nature and citizen science, but in a fun, easy way – they can take it further or not as they wish.
However, any naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts are greatly in demand if you’d like to help at either event – they’d be incredibly grateful to you.