The National Parks across the UK have a new chance for the public to help with conservation with a little help from a bit of technology. With this app you can become a conservationist and scientist as you collect data on the beautiful wildlife and flora that surrounds you.
The new project, which has been titled ‘Look Wild’, is a new and free app that anyone can get on their phone and use to upload any photos or audio of any wildlife or plants that you find on your travels in the outdoors. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about identifying plants or animals because the app and the community involved with it will help identify it for you.
The way the app works is very simple:
- First, you need to download the iNaturalist app to your phone, or you could visit the iNaturalist website. From there you need to create an account, and sign-up to the National Parks UK Look Wild project.
- Go outside and enjoy the outdoors
- While on your adventures, take photos of any insects, plants or animals you see or find interesting, just make sure they’re in as much detail as possible. You can also record audio!
- You can then upload your photos and audio to the app, along with the details of what you saw and when you saw it. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you saw as the app will identify it for you and be confirmed by the iNaturalist community.
Anything and everything is useful, don’t think anything you spot is too small or too common. Any information can help us understand wildlife in local areas and will inform us on what to do for future conservation work.