Barnmead's picture

Website links

I am doing the S159 course and one of the many good things on this course has been the provision of links to numerous, very helpful and interesting websites - so many in fact that it can be a bit mind-boggling but someone has already sorted out the wheat from the chaff for us. However, I expect that when we have finished the course we may not have access to the activity pages where they are mentioned; so short of bookmarking them, we will need to do a lot of 'googling', which would bring up an awful lot of dubiously useful ones. I have also found some looking through the observations on iSpot but there does not seem to be a specific place where one could find them organised under categories, such as we have on one of the course activities. Could it be on the Browse List on the right hand column on the iSpot home page, for example?




ncook57's picture


Hi Penny,

I haven't anything to add regarding your query, but I did want to to ask you about S159.

How is the course? I've been thinking about doing it, but wanted some feedback from some one who's already done/doing it.

If you wouldn't mind, could you let me know what you think of the course? You could e-mail me at



There are 10 kinds of people, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Regards, Nick

Donal's picture

S159 web resources

Hi Penny,
It is good to hear that you have found the S159 resource lists of identification guides and useful web sites helpful. We placed them on the course web site so that they could be updated periodically but the disadvantage is that as students complete the course they lose access to the web site. I will discuss with the S159 course manager how we can make these resources available to students after they have finished course and see what we can do.
Best wishes,


Martin Harvey's picture


See also the information on iSpot for each taxonomic group. This information is not all that obvious - at the moment what you have to do is go to the iSpot home page, click on the icon for the group you are interested in (e.g. "Birds"), and then click on the "More information" subheading. This opens up to show a section of text about identifying birds, and giving links to some of the relevant organisations and websites, including identification resources.

But I agree that the S159 links would be useful to have access to as well.

Entomologist and biological recorder

Donal's picture

Saving S159 resources from the course web site

Hi Penny,

I have had a word with the S159 course manager and he says it is possible to save the S159 web pages onto your own computer and all the web links embedded in the documents will be preserved. You should then be able to access the resource lists even after you finish the course. The instructions are below. Let me know how you get on.
Best wishes,

Saving S159 Resource Lists

The S159 on-line activities are produced as either “structured content” or in pdf format. It is possible to save these activities onto your own computer so that you can access the web links built into the documents even after you have finished the course.

1. Open the activity you wish to save.
2. Click on "File" at the top left hand corner of the page.
3. Select "Save as" from the drop down menu.
4. This opens a new window “Save Webpage”

5. At the bottom of this window there are three boxes. The middle one is labelled “Save as type”. If the web page you wish to save is in structured content format then this box should say “Web Archive, single file [*.mht]”. If it does, click on save. If it does not, then you should select this format from the drop down menu by clicking on the blue button at the right of the middle box. Then click on "save".

6. If the web page is produced in pdf format then the middle box should say “Adobe PDF Files [*.pdf]”. If it does, click on save. If it does not, then you should select this format from the drop down menu by clicking on the blue button at the right of the middle box. Then click on "save".