From birds and butterflies, to insects and plant life on the forest floor, join a journey of discovery through our forest landscapes as we celebrate our centenary
The Big Forest Find is England's largest survey of forest wildlife. The animal and plant life you record across our nation's woods and forests will help us protect and provide homes for wildlife, now and in the future.
Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or a family of wildlife enthusiasts, it's easy to take part.
Discover and record the wildlife in your local forest using the free iNaturalist app.
Download the app now before you visit:
How to take part
- Download the iNaturalist app before you visit your local forest
- Join the Big Forest Find project in the app
- 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 adventure until the end of October
Why should I take part in the Big Forest Find?
By recording forest wildlife observations you are adding to national records and will improve the work our ecologists, scientists and rangers do to provide homes for wildlife. These records will increase and improve over time, helping us to care for our forest landscapes for generations to come.
Can I only take part if I have a smartphone?
No, you can attend a local Big Forest Find event and take part in a range of expert-led activities on offer.
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.
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.