what is iNatualist

iNaturalist​ is a free platform—both a website and app—to record observations of plants and animals in nature using photographs; share what you’ve found; and contribute to a global dataset of biodiversity information used for both science and conservation.

iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature

our primary goal in operating iNaturalist is to connect people to nature,

It’s also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.

https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/what+is+it

Why use iNaturalist

How to use iNatualist

the iNaturalist site has lots of guidance

a getting started guide https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

and great video tutorials https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials

Join a local Group – Bristol’s postcode Based Wildlife Groups

to add records to a local group, just record as normal and the records will automatically appear in the group’s project unless you’ve set them to hidden ( for example if you’re recording a protected species like a great crested newt)

City Nature Challenge 30th April to 5 May 2021

The City Nature Challenge is taking place this year from 30th April to 3rd May and everyone is invited to take part! This is an international initiative designed to assess the state of our biodiversity in urban areas, with over 400 cities participating worldwide and 14 of them in the UK, including Bristol hosted by Bristol Natural History Consortium

iNatualist Training for the city nature Challenge

we have our own dedicated training session on

MAY 27 City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist Training provided by The Natural History Consortium

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/city-nature-challenge-and-inaturalist-training-tickets-151437945973

and there are some other training events provided by the festival of nature

https://www.facebook.com/festofnature/events/?notif_id=1618581087384228&notif_t=event_calendar_create&ref=notif

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