Bioblitz: Assessing urban biodiversity through citizen science in Ankara

Nature Conservation Center (DKM)
Published: 15 October 2020
Last edited: 15 October 2020
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Bioblitz was a citizen science project entailing an intensive biological survey to record as many living species as possible within a designated area over a specific period of time. The project aimed to attract people’s interest in nature and nature conservation issues on the one hand and to reveal the species diversity of the area to be protected on the other. During the activity, which took place on the Middle East Technical University (METU) campus, nature lovers took photos of plants, birds and butterfly species and shared these observations via iNaturalist, a global citizen science application. Experts supported the identification of species.


East Europe
West Asia, Middle East
Scale of implementation
Green spaces (parks, gardens, urban forests)
Urban ecosystem and build environment
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Cities and infrastructure
Connectivity / transboundary conservation
Ecosystem services
Local actors
Outreach & communications
Ecosystem loss
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Sustainable development goals
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 15 – Life on land
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 19: Sharing information and knowledge


Ankara, Ankara, Turkey


• A total of 91 people including nature lovers, nature guides, experts and members of the project team participated in the event. 1/5 of the 4,500 hectares of land was screened resulting in 1,428 observations.


• In 2018, 267 species belonging to 424 taxa were recorded at the event. The five most recorded species were Anatolian melik (Melanagia larissa), haired flax (Linum hirsutum), pincushions (Scabiosa spp.), Spanish queen (Issoria lathonia), and the mercenary (Teucrium polium).


• In 2019, 1,428 observations were made and 260 species of 335 taxis were recorded. The most observed species were rosehip (Rosa canina), marsh fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), musk thistle (Carduus nutans), burnet (Zygaena purpuralis), cerinthe (Cerinthe minor). Rosehip and musk thistle,  are members of the largest families of flowering plants, daisy and Rosaceae. Marsh fritillary is from the brush-footed butterfly family and the decreasing population in Europe is under protection.

Contributed by

Matthew Koehorst Greenpop, IUCN Urban Alliance

Other contributors

Nature Conservation Center (DKM)