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Sefton people being challenged to take a closer look at nature on their doorstep this weekend

Sefton Council is inviting people to take part in this weekend’s City Nature Challenge 2020 by taking a closer look at the wide variety of wildlife they can find on their doorstep.

People can take part in the City Nature Challenge by photographing flora, fauna and fungi around their homes between now and Monday 27 April uploading the images onto the free wildlife recording app iNaturalist.

Any evidence of wildlife counts, including feathers, nests and even poo. If people don’t know what it is they’ve discovered, iNaturalist uses photo-recognition to help them identify it. And if they are still not sure, the app’s online community of wildlife-lovers can help to check.

iNaturalist can be downloaded through the Apple store, Google Play or www.inaturalist.org.

People across the North west are being asked to join the residents of cities around the world in this citizen science for the City Nature Challenge 2020.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “At a time when it is so important that people stick to the government’s social isolation guidance, this is a great way for people to connect with the nature that is in their garden, around their yard, on their balcony or even in their home.

“And, because this is a worldwide citizen science project, by taking part they also connecting with people in a similar situation right around the world as well a learning about the richness of their local environment.

“I would encourage everyone across the Borough to take up the Challenge this weekend.”

People planning on taking part in the City Nature Challenge can check the Government’s advice on COVID-19 and social distancing at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Cllr Moncur added: “I’m excited to see what people unearth over the weekend and hope they will share their discoveries with our @greensefton team on social media using the hashtags CityNatureChallenge and EverydayWildlife.”

Liverpool City Region’s 2019 entry for the City Nature Challenge came second in Europe and Central Asia, 24th in the World out of 159 global cities and second overall in the world for the number of verified records.

Find out more about City Nature Challenge 2020.

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