Melica's picture

Interactive map

I'm getting really frustrated with the Interactive Map. Finding where I want to put the green dot is no problem - but when I click, it ends up somewhere completely different. Just now I wanted to put a location marker on a place in Staffordshire - the green dot ended up in Dolgellau! I had to follow the roads on the map to get it to the right place!
Is anyone else having these sorts of problems?



hcafc1960's picture


I am getting the same problem.


richard's picture

using the maps

We will be changing the way the map responds to user inputs to try and make it more intuitive but I'll try and explain how it presently works to see if this helps.

  • The 'blobs' signify a non precise location where as a pin signifies an accurate location. This is set when the location is created or edited, so when you are creating a location and you want to use a pin you need to zoom in close enough for a pin to appear when you click the map. The blob or pin will then always be associated with the newly created location. So if a location is represented as a blob then you'll only ever see it this way.
  • When creating a location, clicking on the map will center it to the point you clicked on and then place either a blob or a pin at that point (depending on your zoom level). Once you've created a blob or pin you can either drag it around or just simply click on another place to re-center the map and put the blob or pin at that new place.
  • Double clicking on the map during location creation does give a strange behaviour. It is supposed to zoom in on the point you double clicked and place a blob/pin there. Unfortunately, what actually happens to that on the first click of the double clicks the map centers on that point and places a blob/pin there, then on the second click of the double click the map zooms in to that point. The problem is that unless you've double clicked exactly in the center of the map, the map will have moved it's position by the second click of the double click and this means it zooms in to a place where the blob/pin hasn't been placed.

This might be more depth than you're after but it may help with your use of the map until we can address these issues.

Richard G - iSpot technical team

Melica's picture

Cheers Richard - that's

Cheers Richard - that's helped a lot. You have to get in far closer than I was before to get the pin to appear, and even if it goes off somewhere else, it's not very far away!

dan_wrench's picture

Map locations

Would it not make more sense to use the national grid rather than blobs or pins? The display style of the NBN makes more sense to me as you get more precise squares as you zoom in. BirdTrack also allows you to describe your location by selecting a 1km square - which is usually adequate for most records.
A feature to zoom to a postcode or location name might also be useful - e.g. Google Maps on


Dan Wrench
Biodiversity Officer - Shropshire!/ShropshireBAP

MrG's picture


I'm sure more and more people are carrying a GPS around nowadays. Would it be possible to just key in a grid reference for a location?

sms259's picture

Interactive Map.

Perhaps Iam the only person who is really struggling with the map, I've got to the point where I feel like giving up. My eyesight isn't too good, so the map really doesn't give me any clues.It could be anywhere in the world,a place name might help, but fields and straight roads don't. Enlarging and scolling dosn't really help much. I think that I'll have to borrow an ordnance map in order to find the locations, otherwise I might have to abandon the course.

Kluut's picture

I gave up too

Ibstock (Leics.) is now in/near Linton (Cambs.) - by weird coincidence, I know both reasonably well.
The explanation above at least makes sense but the whole thing is not obvious or user-friendly.

The thing needs to be able to select an area rather than a "point" too.

Jonathan's picture

We are currently working on

We are currently working on the mapping functions. Thanks for your patience.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)