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I was going to put up an observation of this plant - too late!
How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
Judging by the number of spindles that get observed, I would not let fear of duplication deter you!
Ooh, ooh, I have one of them to Observe, too!
I guess I'm still not clear as to the core function of this (wonderful) site: are we helping each other with IDs, or are we recording the appearance of species?
(*sitting at home today with a headcold, frustrated and cross at not being able to get out and work*)
First, it is great that you enjoy the site and it brings you some comfort when fighting a cold!
The site is aimed to serve as an identification tool and encourage people to get out there and spot local widlife.
Because everyone is encouraged to make observations that means that all levels are welcome! This is also the beauty of iSpot, you might be a bird expert, but you can´t tell a butterfly from a moth! You might be a complete beginner or a wildlife expert, that means the observations you post are based on your knowledge and what you would like to learn.
So, I guess in your case, you might only want to post pictures of species you are not sure of the id or you might want to post an observation of something you know quite well but it has been found in an unsual location.
If you are adding an observation of a species you know well, it would be helpful to add information about which characteristics make this species distinct from another. This is very helpful to other trying to learn.
There are other very useful tools you can use, such as our interactive keys, so you might want to make use of that to ID your species.http://www.ispot.org.uk/keys
Please follow this link to answer all your doubts :-)
Good day and good spotting!
...I did read as much of the site as I could, but didn't really get a clear idea of the core function.
And if you've read any of my observations, you'll know that I do indeed try to add info about "why" I think it is Xxxx. I get a little frustrated with people who just put up an Observation of which they are "as certain as they can be" but who don't mention any supporting facts.
I'm particularly keen on what I call defining characteristics, that separate A from B. And quite often I will ask, as a comment, for more info from the OP. (I don't always get an answer, but it's worth trying!)
It's good to hear that you, also, encourage this!
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