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.
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
- NatureSpot in the classroom (Download Lesson Plan)
Grow Wild! Guide to native plants for backyard biodiversity (Download GrowWild!)
- Port Phillip NatureSpot 2019-20 Report and species list (Download Report)
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.