Birmingham Museums has launched a new nature challenge to encourage families, young people and adults to become environmental explorers.

The Big Brum BioBlitz aims to help people explore nature on their doorstep and develop new skills to build a picture of the biodiversity in the city's neighbourhoods.

Over the coming months, visitor attraction Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, which is part of Birmingham Museums Trust, will be encouraging local people to find and identify as many species of plants and animals as they can, to provide a snapshot of the natural environment.

There are four easy steps to follow - observe, record, identify and share. The aim of the challenge is to get absorbed in nature. 

Find out more at www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blog/posts/the-big-brum-bioblitz.

Start by taking a look out of the window, or wander around the garden to discover what animals and plants can be found. Look under stones, plant-pots or bushes. Have a pen & paper ready so that you can write down, sketch or take a picture of what can be seen, as well as to record the date and time.

Birmingham Museums is encouraging everyone getting involved to download the iNaturalist App and add any photos so that fellow nature explorers can help to identify species.

For younger family members, try Seek by iNaturalist, which is designed to help families explore nature in a fun and engaging way. There's the chance to earn badges for challenges, too!

The iNaturalist database is used by environmental scientists to find out what's happening in local areas.

Finally, the Thinktank team would love to hear about your discoveries via social media or email, so that they can build a picture of how nature is changing and flourishing at this time.

Andrew Fowles, Head of Learning & Access at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Getting outdoors and identifying plants and animals is good for our wellbeing, and is particularly important when our normal routines have changed so much. The Big Brum Bio Blitz is ideal for all ages, and especially families looking for fun activities to do. You don’t even need a garden - you can explore your local area or simply look out the window and observe what you see.

“Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing tips and advice so that the people of Birmingham can become confident in their detective skills and discover just how much nature is on their doorstep.”

Share discoveries at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #BigBrumBioblitz. Or email them to blitz@birminghammuseums.org.uk.