Dàibhidh Maclabhrain's picture

32 Regions

I see iSpot regard Scotland as a single region, when in fact there are 32 Regions.

Here are all 32.

1. Inverclyde
2. Renfrewshire
3. West Dunbartonshire
4. East Dunbartonshire
5. City of Glasgow
6. East Renfrewshire
7. North Lanarkshire
8. Falkirk
9. West Lothian
10. City of Edinburgh
11. Midlothian
12. East Lothian
13. Clackmannanshire
14. Fife
15. City of Dundee
16. Angus
17. Aberdeenshire
18. City of Aberdeen
19. Moray
20. Highland
21. Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)
22. Argyll & Bute
23. Perth and Kinross
24. Stirling
25. North Ayrshire
26. East Ayrshire
27. South Ayrshire
28. Dumfries & Galloway
29. South Lanarkshire
30. Scottish Borders
31. Orkney Islands
32. Shetland Islands

I don't see why I should contribute to this website if Scotland is regarded in this way.
For those who don't know, Scotland's land mass is almost equal to England's.
It's time to set the record straight.



Gwatch's picture

Good point!

I guess the people in Ireland and Wales would agree! Some might want the English regions further subdivided. (I'm all for Cornwall having its own region!)

Any idea how many iSpot users/mentors there are in each of the 32 Scottish regions? (Compared with the current English regions?) There may be a case for some divisions, eg, Highlands & Islands, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, etc., .... but would 32 be justified?

Martin Harvey's picture


The regions that iSpot uses are based on The Open University's regions:

These are administrative regions for the OU, and are not intended to reflect any geographical or political interpretation, but I'm afraid that the OU does only have one region for each of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, despite the large land areas that these cover.

iSpot's regional work is led by its team of Biodiversity Mentors, and we currently have one mentor in each of the OU's regions:

We'd love to have more mentors in Scotland and elsewhere, and we are always looking for funding sources and potential partnerships to allow this to happen.

Entomologist and biological recorder

hydrurga's picture


By regions, the OP is of course referring to a very specific political use of the word "region", namely "council areas" used for the purposes of subdividing Scotland into areas of local government. These are not the "regions" used here.

iSpot, as Martin points out, uses the OU regions, I assume in order to more easily bring together enthusiasts in each area. These regions would, for this purpose, more properly be based on the number of people in these regions, not the area that they cover. It would be interesting to see stats for the number of members in each region, but given that Scotland contains about 5.2 million inhabitants out of the UK's 63 million, I would imagine that iSpot has got it just about right.


Dundee Spotter's picture

32 Regions

Can't agree more , when you look at the diversity of Scotland as a whole, We have plants and creatures living in the north that live nowhere else . And if we look at just the numbers side, Scotland's coastline is far greater than any other part of the UK

Gwatch's picture


Yes, but you would need a good number of spotters, like yourself, in each 'region' and finding Mentors for each of the 32 Regions would be next to impossible, given the low number of iSpot users in some of them.

dejayM's picture


Well I think we should swallow our regional pride for a while (at least) and post, post post. Make Scotland the most talked of iSpot region in the UK!
I think Dàibhidh (David) has left the arena, which is a pity.

JoC's picture

scottish post

I recently posted Pelvetia canaliculata from Dornie. Does that count?
p.s the post (Royal Mail)is very efficient in the Orkneys.


dejayM's picture


Ah yes, Royal Mail is very efficient here.
And no, Dornie doesn't count because I meant, of course, post comments in Regional Forumuses. In any case, you posted it in Bristol - didn't you?

JoC's picture

From Bristol, yes;

From Bristol, yes; but my post, albeit saying I had posted something from Dorie, was in this forum, so surely now it counts as a forum post!


lavateraguy's picture

For biological recording ...

... the common unit is the vice-county. But with 41 vice-counties in Scotland, finding a critical mass of mentors and members is going to be even harder than for the local government regions.