About citizen science

Find out how you can be involved in citizen science projects and activities.

Citizen science is scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions.

There’s a citizen science project for you, whatever your age or background. You can:

Citizen science involves getting together with like-minded people, and having fun picking up and sharing new skills.

Families, individuals, students and community groups are all welcome.

You don’t need a science background or technical know-how to take part. All you need is an enquiring mind.

Our vision

Our citizen science projects are part of a growing global movement to engage the community in scientific research.

Our vision is to drive this new era of public participation in science by developing collaborative, engaging projects that support decision-making.

By working together with the wider community, we can gather robust data to make more informed decisions about how we manage our environment.

For more details, download a copy of the Citizen Science Strategy (PDF 1.6MB) or Citizen Science Position Statement (PDF 1.2MB).

We believe in enabling researchers to run their own citizen science projects. If you’d like some help planning and managing your projects see our Project toolkit.

We are also interested in working with partners to deliver new and innovative citizen science projects. If you’d like to partner with us, please get in touch.

Our projects

How do I find out more?

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch with the citizen science team. We can then contact you when something suitable comes up.