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Thank you to everyone who participated in Melbourne BioBlitz 2016. Through the 24 hour BioBlitz events on 4 to 5 March at Royal Park, Westgate Park, Carlton Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens and the University of Melbourne Parkville Campus, City of Melbourne hosted 26 events, with 36 survey leaders from 17 partner organizations and many more volunteers. Close to 750 members of the public joined the activities at the different sites across the city.

We also had many people participating by organising their own Backyard BioBlitz. We’ve received 113 sightings on Participate Melbourne and over 800 sightings on BowerBird. It’s been an absolute delight and privilege for us to meet many of the people who have been involved and all the little creatures that were spotted in the city.

We’re currently analysing the data and will share final results and announce the winners of the photo competition in May 2016. In the meantime, please contact us at with any questions.

April 29, 2016

Melbourne BioBlitz is coming back for 2016! Over 24 hours (Friday 4 to Saturday 5 March) you can join guided events from beach combing to bat detecting, led by some of Melbourne's finest biodiversity experts and ecologists. Help us find out more about the many species that call the city home.

Registration for over 20 events are now open. There is something to suit all ages and interests, and best of all it's free!

Check out our events and register your interest here.

February 8, 2016

Become a citizen scientist for a day, an hour or even a minute with over 20 events in 24 hours for Melbourne BioBlitz this March. Event information and registrations will be available online on Monday 8 February 2016; stay tuned! In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more, please email

February 3, 2016

We are now planning for the Melbourne BioBlitz 2016, a celebration of urban biodiversity including citizen scientist programs, public lectures and an art exhibition. If you are interested in getting involved or find out more, please email

December 8, 2015

Of the 3000 sightings and photographs submitted for the BioBlitz, over 750 have now been publicly verified through Bowerbird using crowd sourcing technology. We are delighted to share the results via the interactive map above. Click on the many different data points to find out about each submission.

Images submitted to Twitter, Instagram, Participate Melbourne, via BioBlitz handwritten toolkit and the photos taken by partners, tour leaders and City of Melbourne staff were all uploaded onto our Bowerbird project site to be formally collated so that they could be used in the Federal Government biological inventory - the Atlas of Living Australia.

Interested in the data? You can access and download the whole BioBlitz dataset from our Open Data platform.

March 11, 2015

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 prizes.

BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 Most Unexpected Species Prize

Awarded to: Ken Harris

Submission: Rentinus dilatatus (lanternfly).

Lanternflies are so called because originally the projections at the front of the head were thought to illuminate at night (this is not true). There is not a lot known about its biology and distribution. It is known to occur along the east coast of Australia from Adelaide to Cairns, and has been recorded before in Melbourne but is uncommon to find here. They are much more common and much larger and more elaborate in other countries, particularly in Asia, but we still have some impressive species here in Australia. R.dilatatus is about as impressive as lanternflies get around Melbourne. As fulgorids they likely feed on the sap of trees and woody shrubs by piercing through the bark.

View the sighting on Bowerbird

BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 Photography Prize

Awarded to: Jodi Jackson

Submission: Austrotephritis poenia (fly)

View the sighting on Bowerbird

BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 Citizen Science Prize

Awarded to: David Paterson

Submission: 653 submissions from independent and guided Bioblitz events

We were also pleased to award a range of spot prizes and honourable mentions to BioBlitz participants and we congratulate them on their efforts.

Thank you to all those who contributed photos to the BioBlitz database. Your images will be used for ongoing biodiversity monitoring of the City of Melbourne.

January 6, 2015

Melbourne BioBlitz was the first step in creating an Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy for the City of Melbourne. The species documented during the BioBlitz will help us create an Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy; the City of Melbourne’s plan for maintaining a strong and diverse eco-system.

An Urban Ecology and Biodiversity discussion paper will be released for comment in early 2015.

To provide ongoing sightings and engage with the amazing citizen science community in Melbourne visit BowerBird.

December 18, 2014

Your photos (2016)

Here's a selection of your sightings submitted through Participate Melbourne as part of the 2016 BioBlitz

Your photos (2014)

Here's a selection of your sightings submitted through Participate Melbourne as part of the 2014 BioBlitz.

Melbourne BioBlitz is an event run by the City of Melbourne in partnership with Museum Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Water, University of Melbourne, RMIT, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Monash University, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Entomological Society of Victoria, Wild Melbourne, Friends of Westgate Park, Friends of Royal Park, Birdlife Australia, and Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, Deakin University, School of Ants, Fungimap, Royal Park Protection Group.

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