The campaign encourages citizens to find as many species of animals, plants and fungi in their outdoor space as they can in one day.
Date: 17 September 2021
London Met's Sian Moxon will have her design-research profile on urban rewilding showcased as part of a social media initiative from the Natural History Consortium.
This will highlight the European BioBlitz campaign, which takes place on 24-25 September. The citizen-science campaign encourages people to do a 'bio-blitz' to find as many species of animals, plants and fungi in their outdoor space as they can in one day. They can then use the free iNaturalist app to identify species and submit their results.
Sian is a Senior Lecturer and Sustainability Coordinator at the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Met. She is also the founder of the Rewild My Street campaign, which helps residents reimagine how cities could be adapted for wildlife, using vision drawings of rewilded urban spaces to inspire community action.
It sees disused shops and offices in city centres repurposed as 'pocket parks'; residential streets becoming 'play streets' without car parking; green belts surrounding cities rebranded 'wild belts' for reintroduced keystone species; and these rewilded spaces connected by 'greenways' for cyclists and pedestrians.