iSpot: Your Place to Share Nature

iSpotiSpot is an amazing website in collaboration with the Open University aimed at helping anyone identify anything they happen to find in the great outdoors.

Once you’ve registered, you can add an observation to the website and suggest an identification yourself or see if anyone else can identify it for you. There is even an interactive UK map of all the species identified via the website. For those with camera phones, you can get an identification of flora, fauna or wildlife within minutes after uploading it to the iSpot website.

You can also help others by adding an identification to an existing observation, which you may like to do as your knowledge grows. Your reputation on the site will grow as people agree with you identifications.

iSpot continues to grow, with dozens of new users registering every day. Here are some facts and figures about how iSpot is growing:

As of 18 February 2013:

  • 22,775 user registrations have been made on iSpot
  • 160,099 observations  made
  • 96% of observations received a ‘likely ID’

Up to the end of 2012:

  • 7,931 species identified on (worldwide)
  • 7,013 were from Britain and Ireland, 6,906 from Britain
  • 11% of the species observed in Britain are ‘notable’ (listed as Nationally Scarce or Biodiversity Action Plan species)

Top 15 species most frequently observed on iSpot:

Harlequin Ladybird – Mallard – Common Darter dragonfly – Robin – Blackbird – Mute Swan -Chaffinch – 7-spot Ladybird – Speckled Wood butterfly – Black-headed Gull – Common Frog -Grey Heron – Garden Spider – Small Tortoiseshell butterfly – Common Blue butterfly

Some of the more unusual species observed recently:

  • Box Bug (formerly rare species that is spreading)
  • Otter (also spreading at the moment, but still exciting to see!)
  • Phoenix Fly (rare &  listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan)
Devils Fingers found in sand dunes at Murlough Beach in September 2012

 And don’t forget that you can:

  • access iSpot while out and about via our apps
  • link your iSpot observations to your Facebook account
  • follow iSpot on Twitter

Good luck with whatever wildlife you are observing this year!