From recording birds and butterflies to insects and plant life on the forest floor, The Big Forest Find aims to gather forest wildlife observations from volunteers across the country to help monitor England’s forest biodiversity.
As part of the new citizen science project, events are taking place in forests across England, plus a free app ‘iNaturalist’ has been released to help people track and identify their findings.
Data recorded will then be added to a national database, where it will be used to improve the work ecologists, scientists and rangers do to manage the forest landscape for wildlife.
Supporting the launch, TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan, said: “Forests are an amazing environment to see and hear wildlife, from birds nesting, finding food and hunting in the canopy, to the abundance of insects living on the forest floor. There’s usually way more life living in a forest than is noticeable at first glance.
“The Big Forest Find is a great way to encourage people to explore the life behind and under the leaves! Get involved, get outside, get exploring and connect with the truly inspiring world of forests.”
People of all ages are being encouraged to take part with Big Forest Find activities including nocturnal wildlife surveying at Maybeck, Yorkshire, and bug hunting at Drinkwater Park, near Manchester.