Lions and tigers and bears – Oh my! Sunday is World Conservation Day, so we’ve tracked down all the apps you need to channel your inner Attenborough…
If you’ve been staying up to date with our regular app recommendations, then your phone should be chock full of games, services and life-hacking digital tools. But did you know you can also use your phone for good?
With Sunday being World Conservation Day, we’ve rounded-up the very best in conservation-themed Apps. From finding nature to funding it, there are plenty of ways to do your bit for the planet. Read on to get involved…
WWF Together | iOS, Android, FREE
School up on the 16 most endangered species with World Wildlife Fund’s award-winning WWF Together. This incredibly interactive app lets you race a jaguar, out-flap a monarch butterfly, try out tiger vision, and explore the habitats of 10 different species through stunning 360-degree photography. Create your own palm-sized panda with step-by-step origami instructions, or simply pose with one within the app and share to raise awareness.
Speaking of endangered species, Team Aheba Foxes’ Vodafone 24 project wants to save tigers from extinction, using only your old, abandoned smartphones… Find out more here.
iRecord Butterflies | iOS, Android, FREE
Don’t let that butterfly flutter by! By taking a snap with iRecord Butterflies you can not only identify the species, but you can also share your sighting with “Butterflies for the New Millenium” – the Butterfly Conservation charity’s national recording scheme. With one third of all UK butterflies under threat and three-quarters in decline, it’s a bit of a sad state of affairs for this symbol of beauty. But, by sharing your sightings you can make a real difference in helping scientists better understand the cause of decline, and inform conservation work right from your phone.
Good Fish Guide | iOS, Android, FREE
Plenty more fish in the sea? Well, it’s not always true. In fact, The Marine Conservation Society says over 80 per cent of world fish stocks are fully or over-exploited through fishing. And with other pressures such as climate change, we’re heading for dangerous waters. Thankfully, this nifty app helps you feel a bit better about your next fish supper. Type in any species to see whether it’s red, green or amber on the sustainability chart, or view the sustainability rankings of local restaurants to spot your safest seafood supplier.
Nature Finder | iOS, Android, FREE
Frolic in your nearest meadow with the fantastic Nature Finder from The Wildlife Trusts. With a map showing over 2,000 of the UK’s woods, meadows, heaths, moors and lakes, this app puts you in touch with nature like never before. Find out what’s happening in your neck of the woods in the ‘Events’ section, learn about different UK wildlife, and search a directory of all 47 of the UK’s Wildlife Trusts for contact details and text donation numbers.
National Trust | iOS, Android, FREE
Another eye-opening app to get you exploring is National Trust by (perhaps unsurprisingly) The National Trust. Featuring more than 550 protected historical and natural wonders, it’s your guide to great days out. Save your favourite places and share them with friends, or check out the ‘Events’ section to attend talks, tours and theatres near you.
Leafsnap UK | iOS, FREE
Ever wondered what that tree is? Well, now you can identify it! Originally developed in the US, Leafsnap has teamed up with the National History Museum to provide this handy field guide to over 156 UK tree species using visual recognition software. Simply take a snap to compare it to the database or browse the leafy library to find out more about each plant. You can even collect, label and map the trees you identify for easy reference in the future.
Love Nature | iOS, Android, £3.99 per month
Love Nature is the home of natural history documentaries and chilled-out ‘Slow TV’ viewing, but it’s also a great way to give back while you watch. A percentage of every subscription goes to Love Nature’s chosen wildlife non-profits (including the WWF), which means you can watch wildlife and save it at the same time.
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