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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.
The observation of the year 2015 is: Insect attached to Painted Reed Frog - http://www.ispotnature.org/node/631799
A superb observation with all sorts of implications and followup. A superb illustration of amateur observation, sleuthing and dedication. Definitely a highlight of 2015!!
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).
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?
- Latest Badge Information 6th Apr 2016
- iSpot down time this morning - now back up and running! 31st Mar 2016
- iSpot unavailable 3 March 2016 4th Mar 2016
- Introduction to Ecosystems - free OU online course 15th Feb 2016
Join scientists on a BioBlitz on Saturday 16 April to discover, identify and record the unique Karoo plants and animals
Scientists know very little about the plants and animals in the Karoo. And there is an urgent need to document the indigenous Karoo flora and fauna. This information will support responsible decision making around the question of shale gas and other infrastructure development in the area.