INPN - Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

I am looking for an internship or a job??

For any internship or employment request, you can consult the positions to be filled in the recruitment section of the UMS PatriNat.
For any spontaneous application (recruitment, internship, work-study contract), CVs and cover letters should be sent to « ».

I would like to contribute to the iconography of the INPN by sending my photos

If you would like to contribute by sharing your photos, contact the INPN's iconography department at the following email address « ».

I have made observations of species and I would like to transmit my biodiversity data to the INPN

If you wish to communicate your field observations, the INPN can integrate your data with your permission. After validation, your data will be valued on the site and in the SINP. Several options are possible to transmit your data:

  • Using the mobile application INPN-Espèces
  • Experienced naturalist: Use the CardObs application (or its mobile version CarNat). To test the tool, connect to Cardobs with the login "demo" and password "demo".
  • If you do not wish to use these tools (you already have a database for example and you do not wish to re-enter your data), consult the INPN "Contribute" page.
  • If you do not wish to use these tools because your observations are very infrequent, send an email to "" with the following information:
    • The exact date of observation (required)
    • The most exact location of the observation (X/Y coordinates) with the municipality (required).
      To find your location, you can use the IGN website right click on the map > Address/coordinates of the place.
    • The name of the observer (required)
    • The photo(s) of the observation (highly recommended)
    • And, if possible, the number of individuals, their condition, as well as any other information you consider relevant to transmit.

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I have observed Asian hornets, to whom should I report it?

Reports of Asian hornets are important to better understand this hornet and to follow the evolution of the invasion. If you are observing an individual or an Asian hornet's nest you can complete the online reporting form. For any further information you can ask your questions via the contact form by selecting « Frelon asiatique – Vespa velutina » in the thematic field « Espèces ».

I have found a ring or a banded specimen, what should I do?

If you find a ring or a dead or living individual with a band, contact the band department at the Museum « ». All the necessary information to be transmitted is listed here.

I'm looking for species photos

If you wish to obtain a photo of a species present on the INPN website, you can contact the author of the photo via his contact details available in the « photo references » (by clicking on the desired photo). If there are several photos for a species, please specify the desired photo. On request, we can send you a better quality photo when it exists.
You can use the photos with the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license if your publication is not for commercial use.
Photos with "Reserved rights" (Droits réservés) must be the subject of a required request for authorization from their author.

I'm looking for data on the species

You can consult the dedicated page "Discover".
The data and metadata made available are free of charge.
The overview data presented on the pages may be used freely and unconditionally.
The occurrence data transmitted on request are subject to the licences supplied with the data.

I would like to use the maps available on the INPN for an article or presentation, can I?

The cards available on the INPN can be used freely and without conditions. However, it is important to mention the source and date of capture of the map as this is essential for its proper scientific use.

I am looking for seedlings and/or seeds

The INPN/MNHN is an expert service, so it does not have a seed bank. You should contact the competent authorities on this point.

I would like to have precise information on a species, habitat or space inventoried in the INPN

If you wish to obtain additional information on a species, habitat or space, please fill in the online contact form and do not forget to fill in the subject of your question. contact us.

I would like more information on actions undertaken in Natura 2000 or ZNIEFF areas (exploitation, construction, degradation...)

For this type of information, it is advisable to contact the "Nature" department of the DREAL of the region concerned. You will find the list of DREALs at the website of the Ministry in charge of Ecology..

I am looking for legal or administrative information concerning protected or classified areas

The UMS PatriNat in charge of the INPN only deals with scientific and methodological issues. For legal or administrative information, UMS PatriNat invites you to contact the competent local services:

  • Municipalities: town halls
  • Departments : DDT, DDTM
  • Regions: DREAL, DRIIE

I noticed a difference between the ZNIEFF inventory information published by the INPN site and the CARMEN/DREAL site

The INPN disseminates the ZNIEFF inventory validated nationally by the MNHN, in accordance with Article L. 411-5 of the Environmental Code. This diffusion therefore constitutes the "legal state" of the inventory. CARMEN distributes the ZNIEFF inventory currently being compiled by the regions. Indeed, the ZNIEFF projects validated by the Regional Scientific Council for Natural Heritage (CSRPN) constitute a source of localized and valid heritage data (L. 411-5 of the Environment Code), which DREAL/DRIEE must legally disseminate (in accordance with Articles L. 124-1 et seq. of the Environment Code). In this context, the region can disseminate regionally validated ZNIEFFs that have not yet been nationally validated. These are therefore two complementary types of information.

A hornet's nest is near my home, who should I contact? Should I destroy it?

There is no obligation to destroy, and a nest at the top of a tree does not present a danger to man (unless someone climbs it). The colony will die during the winter and the nest will never be reoccupied.

I am looking for a species but it does not appear via the search engine or in the download version of TAXREF, why?

When you enter the vernacular name of a species in the search engine, it is imperative to enter the exact name, as the search is case sensitive (e. g. heron and not heron). An evolution of the search mode is underway to avoid this inconvenience. If despite this precaution the species is still not available, it is because it is not present in the inventory. Indeed, the taxonomic framework is in constant evolution. If a species is not in TAXREF, it may be that this taxon has not yet been processed (when TAXREF is downloaded, a table detailing the additions, deletions and modifications made between a version and its previous version is provided). For more information you can ask your questions via the contact form online by selecting "Referentiels" in the thematic field.

On which dates are updates of the INPN mapping made?

INPN mapping updates depend on the programs concerned and their methodology: from continuous updates to annual updates.

Maps are not displayed with my browser?

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