Southern Africa latest observations

Help confirm global observations

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CREW aims to involve members of the public in monitoring and conserving rare and threatened plants, and CREW volunteers go out to search for and update information on population status and threats to these species. Please join and help!

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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.

  • Protea compacta in Kleinmond Coast and Mountain Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa (photo by Jane Carlson). Cover Picture:  The Royal Society Proceedings B.

Extrapolating from local ecological processes to genus-wide patterns in colour polymorphism in South African Protea

Jane E. Carlson and Kent E. Holsinger 2015

A new paper describing iSpot's crowd-sourcing approach to species identification has been published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

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SeaKeys is the first large collaborative project funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Program. Over the next three years, more than 30 SeaKeys team members from many organisations will work together to unlock marine biodiversity knowledge and opportunities.


iSpot has been running very successfully in southern Africa for the past three years, led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute. As regular iSpotters will know, we have been working to merge the southern Africa site with the main iSpot site, and we're delighted that this has now been achieved.


On 13 May iSpot passed the half-million mark! This represents an amazing collaboration by people all round the world to find and help identify wildlife. Congratulations to iSpotter "Mavourneen" for the 500,000th observation!