Essex Wildlife Trust Bioblitz Campaign

Take photos of wildflowers in Essex to contribute to important climate change research.

Become a citizen scientist

Climate change is impacting our natural world more than ever before. But the more we understand about these impacts, the more we can do to help.

That’s why, last year, we partnered with the University of Essex to launch The Essex BioBlitz – the first of its kind in Essex. Last summer, you helped us collect over 17,500 records!

This year, from 31 March – 30 September, The Essex BioBlitz is back and we’re aiming to collect 20,000 more observations! Each submission will help to map the effects of climate change on flowering plants across the county.

You don’t need to be an expert to take part, just follow our three simple steps:

1. Download the iNaturalist app, available on both iOS and Android and create your own account.

The app will ask your permission to share your findings with local institutions. If you want to take part in the BioBlitz, click yes. You can also join the BioBlitz project by searching for it within ‘projects’ however this is not necessary to take part.

2. Find a wildflower!

You do not need to be able to identify the plant, the app will automatically generate suggestions of what the plant is.

3. Take a photo – you can do this directly through the app or by uploading your photos to the app afterward.

Photos taken through the app between 31 March – 30 September will contribute to The Essex BioBlitz.

Everyone who submits 30 wildflower photos will be in with a chance to win one of three £30 shopping vouchers. There will also be a free cream team prize at one of our centres for person who spots the most species.

Take a look at iNaturalist’s Essex BioBlitz project page to see how many people have taken part and how many flowers have been recorded so far!

Essex Wildlife Trust – Investor in Wildlife Corporate Memberships

Essex Wildlife Trust, one of our Working Well organisations offer an Investors in Wildlife scheme for local businesses, which has a number of membership levels.  Many of our organisations are already corporate members, why not take a look, there’s a number of ways your can support the valuable work of Essex Wildlife Trust:

  • become a member and help support Essex wildlife
  • Volunteer or fundraise
  • Become a corporate member

NB Annual memberships are tax deductible

For more information