NatureSpot biodiversity surveys is a citizen science project where anyone can contribute to catalogue plants and animals living in our city. Take photos of flora and fauna and upload them onto the NatureSpot website* so we can create a comprehensive species dataset for inner-south Melbourne. Your data will help us identify important habitat areas to enhance food, shelter and refuge to support our beautiful urban biodiversity.
* Submissions are deactivated during non-survey periods.
NatureSpot Early Winter Survey: 1 - 31 May 2021
312 spots, 193 fauna, 96 flora and 23 fungi spots were submitted by citizen scientists! A full species analysis is currently underway - stay tuned for more information.
NatureSpot Spring Survey Sep/Oct 2020:
279 spots, 173 fauna, 120 flora and 6 fungi spots were submitted by citizen scientists ! Read more details in our blog.
The 2020/21 surveys took place across inner-south Melbourne suburbs (map) (South of the Birrarung from Port Melbourne to Caulfield East and surrounds).
Chocolate Lily, Arthropodium strictum
Caper White, Belenois java
- Grow Wild! Guide to native plants for backyard biodiversity (Download GrowWild!)
- Port Phillip NatureSpot 2019-20 Report and species list (Download Report)
- Lesson Plan - NatureSpot in the classroom (Download Lesson Plan)
Watch NatureSpot tutorials
How to record your NatureSpot
How to take macro zoom photos
NatureSpot is a partnership project with CrowdSpot.
NatureSpot 2020-21 project received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program.
Port Phillip NatureSpot 2019-20 was supported by the City of Port Phillip and funded through the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Caring for Our Local Environment grant program.