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Welcome to iSpot southern Africa. Your one-stop shop for Biodiversity on the subcontinent. Please feel free to use the site for any interesting observation you may have, to document something, to obtain an ID - by adding an observation, by looking around, or more formally by using the browser (the "surfer") or the dictionary links. Please also help others by making an ID if you know something that someone else needs an ID for.
Come and learn how to use iSpot to record your biodiversity.
This is part of the BioGaps project, do document the wildlife of the Nama Karoo..
Attendance is Free; please RSVP to confirm numbers.
The second carousel above is global and not very useful. In order to try and re-enervate our local users to help with getting identifications made, we have created a number of projects that can achieve this.
Request for assistance in determining the distribution and prevalence of an the Silky Oak Grevillea robusta
We are assessing the invasive potential of the Silky Oak in South Africa.
In order to assess the appropriate categorization of the Silky Oak we need detailed information on its current distribution. We would like your help please.
The SA Agriculture Department has confirmed the presence of the Fall Armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda in South Africa. Taxonomists ID'd the beast a few weeks ago, but the department waited for DNA tests to confirm the identity before releasing the news.
Meanwhile, the beasts have been reported from Limpopo, North West and Free State, suggesting that it has been present for quite a while.
The Fall Armyworm occurs naturally in North and South America, It probably originated from imported material to central Africa, perhaps from Brazil.
- Introduction to Ecosystems - free OU online course 13th Feb 2017
- Cederberg Adventure 2016 12th Dec 2016
- VOTE PLEASE: Observation of the months. 10th Nov 2016
- Ticks Needed!! 31st Oct 2016
Our Fynbos is under threat again.
This time not from Urban Expansion, Agriculture or Alien Invasive Plants.
This time is is from Dogwalkers!!!
Please help us save our Critically Endangered Cape Flats Fynbos - with over 110 threatened and conservation Concern Red List Species - from an initiative by some elite Tokaaiers who want to walk their dogs in a pine plantation due to be harvested and restored back to Fynbos.
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But please do so in an informed manner.