I wonder if it might be interesting to have a weekly top ten on the front page, of the ten most reported species that week. This might be interesting as it would give an idea of seasonal changes around the country?
I really like this idea.
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber
And it would be tempting to add some refinements, like perhaps a regional breakdown.
Thanks for the suggestion
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
An interesting idea but perhaps tricky to implement? Some species have changed their scientific names a few times over the years and old ones may still be in use. Others have various common names (e.g. garden spider / garden cross spider). Misspellings and misidentifications add to the problem.
It would show how far behind certain areas are as I notice with plants that the north east were I live must be two weeks behind the south,as the same would go for invertebrates,fungi ect.I don't think the scientific name is a problem as iSpot spell it for you if you click the recommend and that is what you go by not the common name.I would find it very informative.
Yes I think it would have to work on scientific names - I've seen all sorts of odd English names used as IDs. However, old as well as current scientific names are programmed in to Ispot and both are used. For example, house spiders might well feature occasionally in a top ten and both Tegenaria gigantea and T. duellica have been extensively reported in iSpot - but they're just old and new names for the same species. In other cases it's the generic name that has changed.
Butterflies are often reported because they are good looking and easy to photograph while midges and gnats are small and likely to be ignored. It is going to be complicated to allow for this.
That's partly the point too as it will give an idea of what species people are interested in and able to identify it.
I think we do get a lot of different stuff on and not that many Butterflies compared to the rest of the invertebrates that are posted I personally find them more interesting and challenging to ID if there unusual.I think we do get a wide range of stuff being posted on the site,but you will always get the easy ones on more,but that goes for all the section's as they are usually easy to identify too.
Yes, there are lots of species reported on iSpot. Over 5,000 species to date, as a matter of fact!
I think that is an amazing achievement for iSpot as it is an interesting,friendly site and I have found it very addictive having to log on each day to see what is on.
Thanks. It is of course because of users such as yourself that we have achieved this. You might also be interested to know that 96% of observations have a likely ID and that this level of naming has remained stable while the number of observations submitted per month has doubled. That too is a triumph for the iSpot community.