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This topic brings together practical information on all national inventories and monitoring by partners of the INPN. More details on the various projects for national inventories of species will soon be searchable under the "Programmes" heading.

Experts tools
CardObs Observations notebook

CardObs est an online naturalistic data management tool (localisation, observation, dates, etc.) enabling their banking and recovery.

Opening an account is accessible to anyone having good environmental knowledge.

For more information

Outil Cardobs


Inventories experts
Hemiclepsis marginata (Rottemburg, 1775) © INPN - Benjamin Guichard
Inventory Leeches of metropolitan France

Launched in spring 2015, this inventory concerns around forty little-known freshwater species and French sea species.

For more information

Presentation of the project

INPN sheet inventory

Branchiobdellidea and Hirudinea of North West France


Helix pomatia Linnaeus, 1758  © INPN - Philippe Gourdain
Inventory continental molluscs of metropolitan France

This very important inventory, which concerns almost 800 terrestrial and aquatic species, must be documented in the atlas publication in 2017.

For more information

INPN sheet inventory


Eresus cinnaberinus (Olivier, 1789) © INPN - Arnaud Horellou
Inventory of Spiders of Metropolitan France

Held by the MNHN and the French Society of Arachnology (AsFrA) since 2014, this inventory specifies the distribution of 1700 species of French spider.

For more information

INPN-AsFrA partnership

AsFrA website


Branchiopodes divers © INPN - Jean François Cart
Inventory Crustaceans Branchiopoda Phyllopod of metropolitan France

Linked to the French National Inventory for Natural Heritage (INPN) since 2015, in 2017 this project should lead to the republication of the first atlas on this group, published in 1998.

For more information

Presentation of the group


Oniscus asellus Linnaeus, 1758 © INPN - Frédéric Chevaillot
Inventory Isopod Crustaceans of metropolitan France

This inventory was launched in 2011 to gather data on this group that is little-known yet includes bioindicator species, such as woodlice.

For more information

INPN sheet inventory


Paromola cuvieri (Risso, 1816) © INPN - Jean Lecomte
Decapod crustaceans inventory of metropolitan France

Contribute to the inventory with observations or photographs of continental fresh water and French sea Decapoda (crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp)!

For more information

INPN sheet inventory


Coccinella hieroglyphica Linnaeus, 1758 © INPN - Hervé Bouyon
Ladybugs inventory of metropolitan France

Launched in early 2016 in partnership with "l'Association des Coccinellistes de France (ACoF)", this inventory concerns more than a hundred species, some very common and well known to the general public.

For more information

Harmonia Bulletin "Ladybugs in the world"


SAPROX - French national inventory of saproxylic beetles

The SAPROX inventory was launched in late 2012 to strengthen knowledge on the distribution of 2000 beetle species linked to dead or decomposing wood.

For more information

Opie sheet inventory

INPN sheet inventory


Bebelis picta Pascoe, 1875 © INPN - Eddy Poirier
Inventory Cerambycidae West Indies

Launched in 2014 with the Société Entomologique Antilles-Guyane (SEAG - (French West Indies and Guyana Entomological Society) and concerning a very broad family of beetles, this inventory is aimed at all Caribbean entomologists!

For more information

Association website


Inventory ants of metropolitan France

This inventory, linked to the INPN since March 2014, should lead to the publication of an atlas of ant distribution in France.

For more information

AntArea association website


Zygaena transalpina (Esper, 1780)© INPN - Jean Michel Mourey
Inventory Rhopalocera and Zygenes of metropolitan France

Anyone who is passionate or simply curious about butterflies can participate: in order to do so, see the "How to participate" heading of the methodological section.

For more information

Methodological section of the Inventory

INPN sheet inventory


Electrostrymon angerona (Godman & Salvin, 1896) © INPN - Claudine et Pierre Guezennec
Inventory of Butterflies of Martinique

This project, linked to the French National Inventory for Natural Heritage since 2015, is led by Martinique Entomology and should lead to the publication of an atlas in 2017.

For more information

Association website

Participate in the inventory


Syllectra erycata (Cramer, 1780) © INPN - Claudine et Pierre Guezennec
Inventory of Noctuids of French Guiana

Launched in 2002 by the Entomofauna association, this inventory is designed to gather the maximum amount of data on several moth families in French Guyana.

For more information

program website


Dicentrarchus labrax (Linnaeus, 1758) © INPN - Yves Gladu
Inventory of Marine fish of metropolitan France

Launched in 2014, this inventory will be the subject of an atlas introducing the 800 or so species of fish that are found in French waters


Hippocampus reidi Ginsburg, 1933 © INPN - Yan Buske
Hippo-ATLAS: seahorses and pipefish of European coasts and the Mediterranean

Led by the Peau-Bleue (Blue-Skin) association, the project brings together the observations of divers, fishermen and naturalists on European seahorses and pipefish.

For more information

Presentation of the project

Participate in the project

INPN sheet inventory


Iguana delicatissima Laurenti, 1768 © INPN - Patrick Haffner
Inventory of Amphibian and Reptiles of Martinique

Since June 2014, it has been possible for Martiniquan herpetologists to participate in this inventory project, which will result in the publication of a regional atlas


Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766) © INPN - Te Mana O Te Moana
Inventory of Sea Turtle of metropolitan France and overseas

Still in draft, this inventory must allow the species of metropolitan France and overseas, which will be presented in an atlas published in 2016, to become better known.

For more information

French Mediterranean Sea Turtle Network website

To submit your observations


Calidris alba (Pallas, 1764) © INPN - Sébastien Siblet
Inventory of Breeding birds of metropolitan France in metropolitan France

An atlas will be published on this chapter in 2015, but it is possible to send your ornithological observations all year round!

For more information

Presentation of the project

Find your regional coordinator


Capra ibex Linnaeus, 1758  © INPN - Philippe Gourdain
Atlas of Mammals of metropolitan France and overseas

The second volume of this atlas will be devoted to the thirty species of ungulates and lagomorphs of the French territories and will be published in 2017.

For more information

Presentation of the project


Expert follow-up programmes
Vigie-Flore: observatoire des plantes communes (observatory of common plants)

This programme is aimed at French botanists, and its objective is to follow the evolution of the abundance of common plant species throughout the whole territory.

For more information

program website


STERF - Suivi Temporel des Rhopalocères de France (Temporal Monitoring of French Rhopalocera) (Vigie-Nature biodiversity programme)

Focused on butterflies, the objective of this monitoring programme is to assess the health status of their populations in France.

For more information

Program presentation

INPN sheet program


"Eastern Eggar" moth survey

This participatory survey by Opie aims for better understanding of this moth, which is threatened in several European countries.

For more information

Presentation of the survey

INPN description of the survey


SON (Suivi des Orthoptères Nocturnes) (Monitoring Nocturnal Orthoptera)

In conjunction with the Vigie-Chiro bat monitoring programme, SON is offering you the chance to record the call of grasshoppers and other nocturnal Orthoptera

For more information

program website

Vigie-Nature Blog Article


Suivi Temporel des Libellules (STELI) (Temporal Monitoring of Dragonflies)

The advantage of STELI is that it offers you the chance to observe French dragonflies, whether you're a confirmed entomologist or an amateur without any specialist knowledge.

For more information

Programme page on the Vigie-Nature website

Programme page on the Opie website


STOC-EPS - Suivi Temporel des Oiseaux Communs, Echantillonnages Ponctuels Simples (Temporal Monitoring of Common Birds, Simple Occasional Sampling)

Take part in the oldest participatory science programmes by performing on-site listening near you!

For more information

Program presentation

INPN description of the survey


SHOC - Suivi Hivernal des Oiseaux Communs (Winter Monitoring of Common Birds)

Relaunched at the end of 2014 by the MNHN and the LPO Drôme bird protection league with a new protocol, this programme helps to determine the distribution of birds during the winter period.

For more information

Program presentation


Vigie-Chiro

Come and add to the knowledge about bats by registering their cries in the city, countryside or forest!

For more information

program website