The EU Natura 2000 network protects precious and threatened species and the natural environments that shelter them. Over 27 000 sites are already part of the network, covering over 18 % of Europe’s land and 6 % of its marine territory. There are many Natura sites close to cities. The Natura 2000 viewer (http://natura2000.eea.europa.eu/) will help you discover sites near your home, and the species found there. Visit them, take part in educational or volunteering activities, and … don’t forget to vote for your favourite site in the Natura 2000 awards!