Biodiversity Challenge - Wageningen University & Research

Will you join us outdoors to see, feel and taste nature on the Wageningen Campus? Once again this year, we will venture outside to admire the extraordinary biodiversity around us. Register for one of our guided excursions, or grab your phone and go discover species with colleagues, friends or just by yourself.

As in 2023, Wageningen University & Research will once again compete against 18 other life sciences universities from the European ICA network. Who will find the most, most beautiful and most unusual wild species on campus?

Bioblitz: record species with an app

How exactly does the Bioblitz work?
Recording species is very easy. To do so, you can download one of three apps from the App Store or Play Store: ObsIdentify (for Android and iOS), ObsMapp (Android only) and iObs (iOS only). With those apps, you take a picture of what you see, and then read on your screen which species it probably is. Then you submit your sighting at the touch of a button. You can also enter sightings directly on observation.org.

Please note that we only count wild species! Planted flowerbeds or animals kept by humans will be rejected.

How do I add my entry to the Biodiversity Challenge?
Your entry will automatically be added to the Biodiversity Challenge when submitted between 2 May and 28 June at a location belonging to Wageningen University & Research. This applies both to the Wageningen Campus and to WUR locations outside Wageningen.

What happens to the collected data?
The data collected from the Biodiversity Challenge will be used to monitor the score, and see how great our biodiversity is compared to other universities in Europe. Afterwards, students will work with the data to map the distinctive observations, and compare them with data from previous years.

Programme of activities

Activity Date Time Location Registration
Opening of the 2024 ICA Biodiversity Challenge Thursday 2 May 11.00-12.00 Online
Kick-off of Bioblitz Thursday 2 May 12.00-13.00 De Zaaier, Atlas Open to all
Expedition to the microcosmos Tuesday 7 May 12.00-13.15 Start at Axis Register here
Birding by sight and sound: guided bird tour of the WUR campus Monday 13 May 7.00-9.00 De Zaaier, Atlas Register here
Hotel CaliWormia excursion Wednesday 15 May 12.00-13.15 Start at Radix Register here
Amphibians excursion (KNNV, 2x) Saturday 18 May 10.00-11.00 and 11.00-12.00 The Field Register here
Butterfly count (KNNV) Saturday 18 May
Ecological walk Tuesday 21 May 12.00-13.15 De Zaaier, Atlas Register here
WUR works for Wageningen! Wednesday 22 May 13:30-16:00 Kadolokaal (Hoogstraat 31, Wageningen) Register here
Biodiversity Challenge event in Wageningen Saturday 25 May 10.00-15.00 Wageningen: Grote Kerk/Saturday market/BBLTHK to be confirmed
WBI get-together: Join the Bioblitz Thursday 30 May 16.00-17.00 Start at Impulse Open to all
Wasp excursion Thursday 6 June 12.00-13.15 De Zaaier, Atlas Register here
Dragonflies count (KNNV) Sunday 9 June
Dragonflies excursion (in Dutch) Wednesday 12 June 12.00-13.15 De Zaaier, Atlas Register here
Creative Community Garden Wageningen: Lunch walk Thursday 13 June 12.00-13.15 Bornsesteeg 87 (500 metres walk from Forum) Register here
Pollinators excursion Tuesday 18 June 12.00-13.15 De Zaaier, Atlas Register here
Campus Expedition: Ecological Campus Tour Thursday 20 June 12.00-13.15 De Zaaier, Atlas Registration starts May 13th
Ethnobotanical excursion Tuesday 25 June 12.00-13.15 De Zaaier, Atlas Register here
Closing of the 2024 ICA Biodiversity Challenge Friday 28 June 15.00-16.30 Impulse Open to all

More activities will be added soon! Keep checking for updates.