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Become a Citizen Scientist in the North York Moors

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1 June 2021

UK National Parks ask the public to #LookWild this summer

Look Wild is the first ever citizen science project to focus on the wildlife and biodiversity of the UK’s 15 National Parks. From the seasoned naturalist to the first-time visitor, everyone can help by recording the different species of plants and animals they encounter during their trip.

The North York Moors, along with the UK’s 14 other National Parks, have established the Look Wild project so that they may harness the public’s love and enthusiasm for the great outdoors and use it to help enhance and protect these precious ecosystems. Everyone who takes part will learn more about what they are seeing and contribute to real, on-going scientific research. The iNatualist app, on which the project runs, can be used anywhere so people can enjoy learning about the natural world around them no matter how remote their location.

For younger children, the ‘Seek’ app provides a fun and safe way for them to photograph and identify any insect, flower or fungus they may come across on their adventures.

Rachael Poole, Volunteer Officer for the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “Citizen Science projects such as Look Wild allow researchers to gather more information than would ever normally be possible, thanks to contributions from a vast army of volunteers undertaking micro-volunteering projects. Taking part is both fun and informative, and ultimately the knowledge gathered will help us protect the North York Moors and its habitats for future generations.”

For more information, please visit nationalparks.uk/look-wild. Both the iNaturalist and Seek apps are available on Apple and Android devices and are free to download.

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Notes to Editors

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/555177162
Link to webpage: https://www.nationalparks.uk/look-wild/
Link to images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9vxtqr7k8gxf4f5/AAB3MEfmSolv-cXdfiIHkjw3a?dl=0

Media contact for North York Moors

Nina Beadle
Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
press@northyorkmoors.org.uk
01439 772577

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8.4 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk