iSpot Help and Support

iSpot Help and Support - Global : Most activity on iSpot revolves around the observations of wildlife that people add to the site. To add your observation, you first of all need to be logged in to iSpot (you will need to register fist if you haven't already done so), and you'll be asked t

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Adding observations to iSpot (updated July 2017 by Janice A)

Most activity on iSpot revolves around the observations of wildlife that people add to the site. You have to be logged in to post (you will need to register first if you haven't already done so). 

You can make observations simply by clicking on the Add observation button, above right. You can also add an observation via the Add tab in the menu at the top of each page:

Once you've arrived at the Add new observation page, just fill in the details it asks for. Note that you don't have to complete every box on the page (the only ones that you have to fill in are marked with a red asterisk). 

Help on the individual sections is available wherever you see the small green question-mark symbol:

If you want to see all the observations you have made so far, go to Your iSpot - Observations. From there you can also select a Map view

If you don't have a photograph just describe what you saw in as much detail as possible, including size, colour, behaviour etc.

The process of creating an observation can be done in five steps:

1. Images: Upload a a photo or photos

Add one or more images of your observation. You can browse your file to add, or drag and drop them directly onto the page.

2. Location :Where you saw it

As part of making an observation you'll need to provide the location for it. There are several ways to add the location:

  • The location may be added automatically when you upload a photo if you have used a camera that records location coordinates when it takes the photo.
  • Add a new location by entering place or postcode and / or clicking on the the map - this allows you to find your location on a map by searching by place name, post code or grid reference, or just by zooming in to the place you want. When you have found the location you want, click it on the map. You will also need to add a location name.

 Note that when you set up the location, you can choose to hide its precise point on the map - if you tick the option for "Hide precise location" it will be displayed on iSpot as a 1km grid square, and other users will not be able to see the precise location.

3. Details: Title, date, description of your observation and  habitat where you saw it

Now is the time for you to fill in as much details as you can describing what you saw. Add a title and date when you saw it. you can also select the type of habitat you observed it in.

4. Identification: What you saw (the identification, if you are able to suggest one - this is optional

If you don't know the name of your species that is fine, just leave it blank and others on iSpot will be able to help. If you do know the name of the species you have observed then please add it in. You can add a English vernacular / common name or a scientific name, wherever possible choose a name from the drop down list that will appear as you start typing. 

Once you have filled in a name, select how sure you are about your identification and any notes you may want to add. 

You can use the Species Browser to check  what you may have seen or see what other have been spotting. Southern African users can go directly to the Southern Africa Species Browser.

5. Confirmation!

Click confirmation to post your observation. 

26 Jun 2009
dougclow