City Nature Challenge

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

Whitehorse 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 from 30 April to 3 May 2021. 

As a collective, the Melbourne eastern Metro area made 7,629 observations of 1,106 species between 323 observers.

Within Whitehorse, there was a total of 1722 observations of 489 species between 84 observers.

These are fantastic results for our first year!

Find out more results ( PDF 9MB).

During the four day observation period from 30 April to 3 May, 2021, Whitehorse residents were 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!

Get inspiration from our local wildlife


  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