Talking all things 'City Nature Challenge' with Anthony Beyga

 

 

Anthony Beyga is a wonderful advocate for the iNaturalist app, and will be helping Liverpool out during the City Nature Challenge 2020. This won’t be Anthony’s first year involved. He took part last year but says he wants to record even more than last year. Anthony is now retired but used to be a self-employed gardener. He does most of his wildlife recording in Croxteth Park, Mab Lane Community Woodland and the surrounding Knowsley area. As well as recording wildlife in his spare time, he is also a keen photographer, so all the pictures used here were taken by Anthony. Have a look below to some of his answers to our questions.

 

What made you get involved with wildlife recording and the City Nature Challenge?

“I got involved through volunteering at CPVG (Croxteth Park Volunteer Group) as I have always taken a great interest in the biodiversity in the park through photography. Then I heard about the City Nature Challenge and the iNaturalist and it was perfect that the two things I loved doing taking photos and recoding came together in this one app! It provides the perfect opportunity to photograph and record data to highlight what such a diverse area I live in.”

 

What plans do you have for taking part in the City Nature Challenge this year?

“Pretty much the same as last year really but I want to try and record more than last year and I would really like to try to get more young people and schools involved through my link with the volunteer group. We have worked with several schools and the kids love the ease of using the app. I would like to see the LCR promote use by schools a lot more.”

 

How important do you think it is for people to engage with nature at this uncertain time?

“It has always been vitally important but now even more so now with climate change being so prevalent in the news. We need to get children more involved as they are the future citizen scientists and its only through them that we can create a legacy that will protect the planet for them and for future generations thereafter.”

 

What do you think is the best way to get people involved?

“The best way, in my view, would be to make it part of the curriculum, get more children out of the classrooms at least once a week out into their local parks and greenspaces and encourage the use of apps such as iNaturalist which is a fantastic, free resource. It’s always worth remembering that you don’t need to go on a specific wildlife walk to use the iNaturalist app. I do most of my recordings when I’m out running or walking the dog!”

 

Do you want to get involved this year? Then make sure you download the iNaturalist app (https://www.inaturalist.org/) and get recording! We’d love to see what you find.