Nature challenge calls on locals to capture their moments with nature

Cape Town is competing with various international cities in the City Nature Challenge that is taking place from 26 to 29 April 2019. The challenge for each city is to record the most observations of local plant and animal species.

Cape Town stands a good chance of occupying the top spot on the international biodiversity map – with the help of its residents of course. The City of Cape Town is encouraging Capetonians explore the City’s nature reserves and natural open spaces and to record the local plant and animal species that they spot over the days of the competition.

One way of recording Cape Town’s natural beauty is to take photos of the living fauna and flora that are found in our reserves, be it a flower, an insect or an animal and to share this on the iNaturalist.com app.

To participate in the challenge, participants need to please download the iNaturalist.com app via https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-cape-town; register on the app and then share their observations by uploading all of their findings on the app.

The City manages 20 nature reserves and various nature areas and has coordinated activities for this challenge across the metro. All of the reserves will be open to anyone who is interested in recording their observations of plant and animal life over these four days. Participants can look forward to tours of the reserves with local experts and conservation managers during the challenge.

For a list of all of the City’s reserves and details about their location, facilities and attractions, please visit the city’s website.  

 Participants should keep an eye on this page for news about all of the events  as well as the iNaturalist Southern Africa Facebook page.  

 ‘Cape Town is incredibly blessed with vast nature reserves and many natural open areas. We have plant and animal life in abundance andright on our doorsteps. When participants go out and look for plant and animal life this weekend I am sure that many residents will be amazed by all of the beautiful natural spaces which are located in and around their city,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

‘The City Nature Challenge provides us with another opportunity to showcase this diverse natural environment. So let’s get out, capture and share all of our moments spent with nature this weekend,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

Participants may record any plant, animal, fungi, slime mould or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses) found in Cape Town and should not forget to record the location of their findings.

For more information, please contact Eleanor Hutchings at Eleanor.Hutchings@capetown.gov.za or Tony Rebelo at t.rebelo@sanbi.org.za.

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