Southern Africa latest observations

Help confirm global observations

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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.

WESSA is celebrating its 90th year of contributing to the conservation of our biodiversity heritage!
In celebration we are requesting 90 minutes of connecting with nature.


This is a call to WESSA Members, Branches, Friends Groups, Eco-Schools, Corporate Members and other Affiliates as well as the public to spend 90 MINUTES during the course of National Heritage Week collecting biodiversity data and submitting it to a relevant Citizen Science database.


We are busy with a major dictionary update, and would appreciate help.

The following groups are ready for comment:
* Amphibians v1
* Birds v1
* Fish v1
* Mammals v1
* Reptiles v1

We need the following please:

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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.

Help Confirm s African observations

Quick link to s African Projects index

Nominate or Vote for Observation of the Month

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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.

Please sign up here:

But please do so in an informed manner.

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The Minister of Environmental Affairs has published (on 3 February 2016) the draft notices and regulations to declare a network of 22 new proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This will create 70 000 km2 of marine protected areas, bringing to 5% the ocean protected within our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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The year 2015 looks like it will go down as the warmest on record and there are predictions that 2016 will be even warmer due to the effects of El Niño and climate change. It’s already the beginning of February, have you noticed any effects on our wildlife?
The iSpot Team has been busy developing our plans for 2016, while at the same time reviewing and reflecting on iSpot activity last year. What were your favourite observations of 2015?