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21st Century Wildlife Collecting!

The many millions of plant and animal samples looked after by Manchester Museum are an incredibly valuable scientific resource. One of the important things they tell us is where animals and plants lived in the past, but scientists still need this information about wildlife today. You can help by exploring nature in your local environment and by sharing your wildlife finds online.


Manchester Museum is proud to be supporting two fantastic, international citizen science projects this spring. City Nature Challenge and BackyardBio both encourage budding nature explorers - young and old! - to use the easy i-naturalist app to spot and share data on wildlife in their local area. The online collection created will be a fantastic snapshot for scientists to learn from

Join us in April and May to log and share your photos of the wildlife you see, from bugs to birds, flowers, trees and mammals - you'll be amazed at what you find living right on your doorstep.

Throughout June, we’ll be celebrating the wildlife we find in Manchester. Look out for the Manchester Festival of Nature online and in Heaton Park on June 27th.

Getting out in nature is great for your wellbeing so join us to Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn, Give, and Care for our planet.


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City Nature Challenge 2021: Greater Manchester

30 April - 3 May


Backyard Bio - Museum, Collections and Nature. Live digital event for schools

13 May

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Backyard Bio - 21st Century Nature Collecting.

Live digital event for schools

20 May


Caught the bug yet?

Check our social media for more nature logging inspiration.

24 May


May Backyard Bio Month


Nature Mobiles

1 June


Nature Mobiles

3 June


Manchester Festival of Nature

27 June

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Leaf Creatures

29 May

iNaturalist app

Install i-Naturalist mobile apps so you can always observe, even without cell reception or Wi-Fi.


Outdoor Explorer

Activities and resources for an outdoor adventure, exploring the wonderful world of plants and minibeasts.

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