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This item originally appeared on the iSpot home page a couple of weeks ago.
By using iSpot to help check your identifications, you can also play a part in providing data to the range of organisations that help monitor and conserve wildlife. Data from observations on iSpot are now being supplied to the wide range of wildlife recording schemes that play a vital part in monitoring and researching species distributions.
To date, exports of data from iSpot have gone to:
- British Trust for Ornithology (initial trial to assess options for passing data to BirdTrack)
- Caddisfly Recording Scheme
- Garden Bioblitz 2012
- Meet the Species
- Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society
- Orthoptera Recording Scheme (grasshoppers and related insects)
- ARG UK (amphibians and reptiles)
- Parasitic Wasps Recording Scheme
- Fenland Biodiversity Audit (via Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre)
- British Dragonfly Society
- Tachinid Recording Scheme (parasitic flies)
- UK Ladybird Survey
- The Mammal Society
Although iSpot is primarily aimed at helping people identify the wildlife they have seen, rather than as an online recording system, the observations on iSpot do form valuable biological records, and we are keen that they are made available to recording schemes, who can then carry out final verification of the records and pass them on to the National Biodiversity Network. In many cases observations on iSpot have provided new locations for species in previously under-recorded parts of the UK, in both towns and more rural areas, and contributed to the tracking of the ever-changing patterns of species distributions.
Many of the recording schemes have active representatives on iSpot, and to contact them direct see the Biological Records Centre and the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres.