Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project – a unique multi-million dollar partnership between the Australian Government through Parks Australia and the Australian Biological Resources StudyBHP and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals across Australia.

Since the program began in 2010 Bush Blitz has discovered more than 1600 new species and has added thousands of species records to what is already known, increasing our scientific knowledge to help us protect our biodiversity for generations to come.

There are many plants and animals still to be discovered by science - an estimated 580,000-680,000 species in Australia, but three-quarters of this biodiversity is yet to be identified. 45 per cent of continental Australia and over 90 per cent of our marine area have never been comprehensively surveyed by scientists.

Bush Blitz involves specialist taxonomists, indigenous communities, rangers and landowners, teachers, students and BHP employees. Together they are making an extraordinary contribution to the protection of our country’s natural heritage.

As an extension of the Earthwatch TeachLive program, Bush Blitz offers fully funded scholarships for primary and secondary school teachers to join a team of taxonomists to help map and identify Australia’s plants and animals. Teachers take to the field for a week, increasing their knowledge on biodiversity and are equipped with the skills to undertake their own citizen science projects with their local community using the Bush Blitz model. 

For teachers who can’t make it to the field, the Bush Blitz Adventure Portal is a video conferencing education program designed to bring Bush Blitz straight into your classroom direct from the field.

Adventure Portal