Big Forest Find

From birds and butterflies, to insects and plant life on the forest floor, the Big Forest Find has been a journey of discovery through our forest landscapes as we celebrate our centenary

Visitors and volunteers across the country have taken part in events and recording challenges to make it happen. Watch this space for this year’s highlights!

Explore your findings so far...

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Mouse
near Bedford, Bedfordshire
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Hobby bird
near Bodmin, Cornwall
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Common doremouse on brown leaves
near Keswick, Cumbria
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Tawny owl sat in hollow of tree looking content
near Keswick, Cumbria
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Nightjar ground nesting
near Exeter, Devon
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Spotted Woodpecker
near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
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chambers farm butterfly
Greater Manchester
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Firecrest bird
near Wigan, Greater Manchester
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Barn owl
Hampshire
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Slow worm
near Basingstoke, Hampshire
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Orange, black and white and butterfly on leaf
near Farnham, Hampshire
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Frogs
near Goudhurst, Kent
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Insect
near Ibstock, Leicestershire
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Caterpiller
near Liverpool, Merseyside
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Osprey catching fish
near Hexham, Northumberland
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Wryneck bird
near Marlborough, Wiltshire
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Wheater bird on logs
near Whitby, Yorkshire
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Blue geranium genetic
near Pickering, Yorkshire
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Children with ranger

Thank you to our Big Forest Find volunteers!

Hundreds of volunteers across the country helped make it happen.

 Record wildlife using iNaturalist

Keep adding to national wildlife records!

By recording wildlife observations you are adding to national records. These records will increase and improve over time, helping us to care for our forest wildlife for generations to come.

  • Download the free iNaturalist app before you visit your local forest
  • Use the app to take and upload photos of animal and plant life you discover
  • Get species suggestions from naturalists in the app
  • Keep recording on every forest visit!


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iNaturalist is an independent third party application. Please check their full privacy policy and terms of service before signing up.

You can create records in the forest without 4G or Wi-Fi. Download our full user guide and top tips.

     

     iNaturalist guidance

    What happens to my photos in the app?

    Once you have uploaded your photos it becomes an observation and our staff, volunteers specialists and online members in the iNaturalist community can begin verifying and giving feedback on your species suggestions.

    By using the iNaturalist platform we are ensuring the results are accessible to biodiversity record centres, project partners, the public, and of course our own specialist teams. 

    iNaturalist is an independent third party application. Please check their full privacy policy and terms of service before signing up. 

    Why does my observation need to be verified?

    Species verification improves the data quality of your observation. When observations become verified, these records will be used to update national biodiversity data.

    A man using the iNaturalist app

    The Big Forest Find on iNaturalist

    Find out what visitors to our forests discovered and recorded as part of the project