City Nature Challenge

Let’s shine a spotlight on eastern Melbourne’s outstanding urban biodiversity!

Date: Friday 30 April – Monday 3 May, 2021 

This year Whitehorse has joined forces with seven other Councils in Eastern Melbourne (Boroondara, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash and Stonnington), as well as the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and the Entomological Society of Victoria, to represent Melbourne in the annual City Nature Challenge. 

During the four day observation period from 30 April to 3 May, 2021, Whitehorse residents are invited to find, photograph and document the native wildlife that lives and grows in our neighbourhoods. 

Working together to find and document nature in our area helps scientists and land managers study and protect these species. By joining the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make Whitehorse a better place – for you and other species!

To learn more about the City Nature Challenge visit:

Get involved

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app from Apple Store or Google Play
  2. Look out for wild plants and animals to photograph during the observation period and
  3. Upload your photographs to the app. 

You can do this on your own or you can join us at one of our free events.

Join one of the sessions on how to download and use the iNaturalist app. 

iNaturalist Training Session

Session 1
When: 7pm to 8.15pm, Tuesday 23 March 2021
View recording

Session 2
When: 6.30 to 7.45pm, Tuesday 20 April 2021
Register: Register online 
Cost: Free

City Nature Challenge Events

Register your interest in the City Nature Challenge Events. Participation numbers will be limited.

You are also welcome to go to any of the walks hosted by the other participating Eastern Melbourne Councils.

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Register: To register for the following events at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary during the City Nature Challenge email:

Where: All events will begin at the Blackburn Lake Visitors Centre. 

Finding and Photographing Moths and other Nocturnal Bugs
When: Friday 30 April, 6pm-8.30pm

Photographic Survey of our Bushland Invertebrates
When: Saturday 1 May, 1.30pm-4.00pm

Taking Waterbugs Mugshots!
When: Sunday 2 May, 11am-1.30pm

Bushland Photographic Discovery Walk 
When: Sunday 2 May, 1.30pm-4.00pm

Spotlighting for Possums, Gliders and other Nocturnal Creatures 
When: Monday 3 May, 6pm-8.30pm

Explore nature throughout the Heatherdale Creeklands

When: Sunday 2 May, 10am-11am
Meeting point: Park noticeboard near the corner of Chasta Crescent and Cochrane Street
Registrations: email Valerie Turnbull at 

Guided walk through Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve

When: Saturday 1 May, 2pm-4pm
Meeting Point: Yarran Dheran Information Centre (walk through the carpark at Ashburton Drive, Mitcham)
Registrations: Register online

When: Sunday 2 May, 11am-1pm
Meeting point: Yarran Dheran Information Centre (walk through the carpark at Ashburton Drive, Mitcham)
Registrations: Register online

Discover nature behind Greenlink Nursery 

Join us on this guided nature walk from Dorking Road to Station Street. The walk will be led by Greenlink Nursery staff, who will help with spotting wildlife and uploading observations to the free iNaturalist app.
When: Monday 3 May, 10.30am-11.30am
Meeting point: At the front of Greenlink Nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North
Registrations: email Robert Jones at

Get inspiration from our local wildlife

iNaturalist Training Sessions

Local City Nature Challenge Events


  1. Blue Banded Bee
  2. Eastern Spinebill
  3. Ghost fungus Omphalotus nidiformis
  4. Jumping Spider
  5. Rare native leafless saprophytic Potato Orchids (Gastrodia procera) - growing on a traffic island in Blackburn North
  6. Red Jewel-bugs
  7. Southern Boobook Owl    
  8. Sugar Glider
  9. Swordgrass Brown Butterfly