City Nature Challenge is a global event that celebrates the healing power of being out in nature by searching for and documenting local biodiversity. This year, things are being done a little differently and we are collaborating with a number of project partners to encourage people to get involved and start recording what is in their local area.  The event runs from the 30th April – 3rd May, with each day focusing on a different wildlife theme.

For more information on City Nature Challenge, please visit:

Taking part is easy. All you have to do is enjoy the outdoors, take a photo of the wildlife you find and share it through the app, iNaturalist. For more information on how to use iNaturalist, please visit: iNaturalist training


What are we doing for City Nature Challenge 2021?

RSPB Newport Wetlands will be showcasing some of the wildlife we have on the nature reserve so you can enjoy the spectacle in the comfort of your own home. To get involved, tune into our social media on the following dates:



Friday 30rd April - Minibeasts

Join us virtually for our moth trap reveal! We will be sharing what we find in the trap with our resident moth expert, who will be on hand to share facts and answer your questions. We will share how we set up our moth trap and offer the best hints and tips on how you can do it at home.


Image credit: Moth trap - Kevin Hewitt. 

Saturday 1st May – Pollinators.

All things bees! We will be sharing information on how to attract bees to your garden, the different types of bees you can expect to find, and Newport Wetlands’ very own rarity, the Shrill Carder.

Image credit: Shrill carder bee - Michael Foley.

Sunday 2nd May – Ponds, plants and trees.

Join us on a dive into the underwater life here at Newport Wetlands. Using our underwater camera, you’ll be able to get a glimpse at some of the freshwater creatures you don’t get the opportunity to see whilst visiting the reserve.

Image credit: Caddisfly larva - Jeremy White

Monday 3rd May - Birds and mammals.

Get involved in Dawn at the Wetlands! Together we will explore birdsong, where you will get the chance to test your birdcall skills in online quizzes and polls. We will share wildlife footage that we have captured during lockdown of some of the mammals that call Newport Wetlands home.



 Image credit: Stoat - Jeremy White