Digital tools for nature

Technology is encouraging us to get outdoors in different ways and identifying nature has never been easier with the use of your mobile device.

Share your nature discoveries

We're always finding new species living in Wellington. Use iNaturalist to record your observations of special species you find outdoors. If you’re not sure what something is, other users can help identify it for you.

iNaturalist helps the user to identify plants and animals and record observations. iNaturalist is connecting Wellingtonians to a larger community of scientists and experts from all over the globe. iNaturalist is like the ‘Instagram for nature lovers’ and promotes the crowdsourcing of species identification.

Data from iNaturalist helps Universities and Councils understand where species may occur, and how we can better plan for, and protect Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Download the iNaturalist app for Android

Download the iNaturalist app for Apple

Read the instructions for making an observation using the app and website and watch a video on how to use the app on your phone.

Check out some images from iNaturalist below.

Illustration of a Kereru and various flora and fauna to advertise the City Nature Challenge.

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City Nature Challenge

26 – 29 April 2024

There is nature all around us! Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them. One way to do that is through citizen science projects which identify and document the wild things in our city.

In April 2024, Wellington will take on the global wildlife count, City Nature Challenge 2024.

Doing your part is easy, all you need to do is: 

  • explore wildlife between 26 – 29 April 2024
  • take a photo of what you find
  • share it to the iNaturalist app.

By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place – for you and other species! Keep an eye out on our social media pages for events in your area, and join our team on iNaturalist.

2023 results

In 2023, Wellington City Council worked with regional partners to grow the City Nature Challenge in our region, expanding the target area to include everywhere within the Greater Wellington Regional Council boundary.

Over 12,000 observations were uploaded on the iNaturalist app in Te Upoko o te Ika, and a total of 2,223 species were recorded by 263 observers. See the full results from the campaign on the iNaturalist website.