EuroBioBlitz 2023


from 29/09/2023 until 30/09/2023

What is the EuroBioBlitz?

‘Bio’ means ‘life’ and ‘Blitz’ means ‘to do something quickly and intensively’. Together they make ‘BioBlitz’, a race against the clock to discover as many species of plants, animals and fungi as possible, within a set location, over a defined time period.

The EuroBioBlitz is a huge wildlife recording event that is taking place across the whole of Europe on the 29th and 30th September 2023. It’s a chance for anyone and everyone to contribute to the study of Europe’s wildlife, helping to shape conservation efforts by supporting scientific research.

By recording nature nearby, everyone can support vital conservation research whilst connecting with nature and enjoying the outdoors.

How do my records support scientific research?

EuroBioBlitz uses the free iNatualist app to record wildlife.  After submitting a wildlife observation, your record will be verified or corrected by the online community of iNaturalist users. Once the community is in agreement, your record is marked as “research grade”, and can then be shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) – a global network for combining and sharing open-access biodiversity data. At this point, your data becomes accessible and valuable to researchers all over the world. Here is an ongoing list of thousands of scientific publications that have cited a GBIF dataset containing at least one record from iNaturalist!


EuroBioBlitz 2023 is part of INTERSECTIONS; a collaborative, international project supporting European researchers – and showcasing the interrelated nature of research across Europe. 

Through INTERSECTIONS, we aim to empower researchers to deliver a selection of inclusive and audience focused events to audiences across Europe online. We also aim to inspire young people with the accessibility, relevance and diversity of research careers, and to demonstrate the relevance of research to daily life. The European Research Showcase will allow to showcase a Europe-wide diversity and intersectionality of research and researchers, whilst supporting dialogue between researchers and citizens. Through the EuroBioBlitz, we will also be able to demonstrate that Europe-wide engagement activity can be meaningful and impactful.

INTERSECTIONS is a collaboration of projects that will help us meet these aims. These events include include the European Research Showcase, where researchers can participate in free training to develop their online communication skills. The goal is to support researchers to create online content about their work, which will be showcased in a 48 hour social media showcase during the 29th and 30th of September 2023. At the same time, the EuroBioBlitz will give the public an opportunity to contribute to records that can be used in scientific research, whist connecting to the natural world. The third arm of the project involves training open those involved in science and public engagement, such as these training videos made by the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science.

Needed equipment

To take part, you need to have acess to either 

  • A smartphone with photo capability 
  • OR a camera and a computer

You will either need to download the free iNaturalist app if using a smartphone, or create an account for the iNaturalist website.

When making a record of wildlife, you will need to take at least one photo (preferably up to 4 photos, in good focus (not blurry), of different angles if possible - for example, if you are taking a photo of a tree, try and take a photo of the leaves, the fruit/flower, and the bark).
It is also possible to add a sound file. This is very useful for getting correct identifications of birds. 

About funding

Funding bodies: UKRI

Created Sept. 13, 2023, 12:13 p.m.

Updated Sept. 14, 2023, 7:28 a.m.

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