The City Nature Challenge

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The City Nature Challenge is an international survey of the wild plants and animals that share our cities. It consists of two parts.

26 - 29 April Taking pictures of wild plants and animals

30 - 5 May Identifying what was found

We are looking for an enthusiastic lead volunteer, who enjoys communication and is happy to talk to; to encourage; and to collect photos from a wide range of students via social media. This volunteer would be supported by members of the NUSU Go Volunteer team and the University's Sustainability team, and be contributing to a citywide effort led by Tyne and Wear Museums. We would like to play our part in this global endeavour but we need a confident lead student to make it happen!

Note that the picture-taking period of the challenge takes place during the Easter holidays, so this is especially suitable for a student who is living on or near campus, and who is confident to communicate with other participants online during that period. To encourage, to check location details, to share.

From 30th April project worker Mike will be available to assist with identification of the photographed plants and animals - you do not need to know the names of what the pictures are! Mike won't know most of them either, but he can help you gain the assistance of the right experts to help add our data to this international survey.

If you are interested email


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