Recognise nature with Naturalis AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications can offer various solutions in helping measure and monitor biodiversity change.

Naturalis AI Nature services offer fast and customisable automatic species identification tailored to your organisational needs.

Kingfisher AI identification using image recognition


For organisations with large amounts of biodiversity data, we developed solutions with expert validated input that allow reliable identification of animals, plants and fungi based on AI image (and sound) recognition.

With our Nature identification API (Application Programming Interface) and AI analyses for the DIOPSIS insect cameras, we support organisations to contribute to digital biodiversity monitoring at scale, involving citizen scientists and society at large.

Biodiversity monitoring as an application of our AI species identification service

Our Nature Identification service offers species identification of flora and fauna covering over 40,000 taxa in Europe. Access to extensive models developed with deep learning is provided via API.

DIOPSIS insect camera in Dutch landscape

DIOPSIS provides insights into local flying insect species and populations. Naturalis built an automated pipeline that can analyse millions of camera trap images with AI image recognition.

Naturalis AI images recognition of collection items

Naturalis developed 8 AI models for butterflies, cone snails, bird eggs, rays and sharks egg capsules, as well as masks from different cultures that are in the collections of 5 Dutch museums.



AI-based automatic species identification facilitates biodiversity monitoring, engages active participation from citizen scientists, provides us insights in biodiversity decline and invasive alien species, and at the same time generates valuable research data that allow us to better protect our environment and combat climate change.

AI applications also help with nature and habitat conservation, nature capital assessment, control of threatened and/or dangerous species, agriculture management as well as tracking illegal trading of biological assets.

For companies and corporates, AI applications offer an objective way to measure, monitor and report on sustainability impact for the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).

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High-efficiency monitoring at scale

  • Measure changes in biodiversity
  • Detect invasive alien species
  • Monitor pollinator population
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Identifying observations on the fly

  • Collect citizen data
  • Engage local communities
  • Make nature education fun
Applications - Collection management

Recognising specimens with AI

  • Support curators and managers
  • Help experts focus on the rare
  • Integrate in digitisation flow
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Empowering biodiversity research

  • Identify macro-organisms
  • Discover microscopic differences
  • Allow large-scale processing
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Toolkit for farmers & growers

  • Recognise crop diseases & pests
  • Monitor beneficial insects
  • Measure production
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Toolkit for custom control officers

  • Register biological assets
  • Combat illegal (wildlife) trade
  • Fight illegal logging


We develop large-scale customised AI species identification models based on image and sound recognition, including algorithms combining multiple data sources that covers the most commonly encountered macro-organisms in Europe.

Extensive AI models are deployed hierarchically as an auto-scaling web service for six biodiversity portals in Europe and performs 30-50 million identifications/year, allowing citizen scientists and the interested public to identify flora and fauna using web interface and/or interactive mobile applications.

Naturalis AI Nature services