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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. 

Ladybird Bird NatureSpot Bottlebrush

NatureSpot Early Winter Surveys: 1 - 31 May 2021

Tell us what plants are flowering and where animals are active! Submit photos anytime during the survey period 1-31 May. The survey takes place across inner-south Melbourne suburbs (map) (South of the Birrarung from Port Melbourne to Caulfield East and surrounds).

If you are a school or early learning centre interested in joining these events or running your own surveys, please get in touch and we will be happy to support you. 

Are you a keen local naturalist who can support our surveys? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via email  NatureSpot@ecocentre.com or call 03 9525 3102

Spots from Spring Survey Sep/Oct 2020: 

279 spots, 173 fauna, 120 flora and 6 fungi were submitted by citizen scientists ! Read more details in our blog.

Chocolate Lily, Arthropodium strictum Caper White, Belenois java
Chocolate Lily, Arthropodium strictum
Caper White, Belenois java



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.

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.