Steps to using iSpot

Steps to using iSpot - Global :

New to iSpot? Here are ten top tips to help you get the most out of your experience using the website:

1. Browse observations: Look at some of the latest observations. Anyone can see what's on the site without registering, just go to the home page, and click on the photos for the latest observations.
2. Register: To join in the activity you will need to register (it’s free!). Click on the Sign up to iSpot button and provide a username, email address, and password. Check your email for an iSpot account confirmation message.
3. Add an observation: Adding your own observations allows you to get more out of iSpot and participate fully. Click Add observation, then Choose images to select and attach a photo or photos of the wildlife you have seen.
4. Provide a location: Add a title; you can find your location on the map provided; upload a photo that has location information attached to it and the longitude and latitude will be automatically added; or fill in the fields. You can also add the OS Grid reference if you have it and any additional details about the location. Tick Hide precise location if you do not want to reveal the precise location of the observation.
5. Observation details: Add a title to get your observation noticed, include the date observed and a description of the wildlife you have seen. Select the habitat where it was found i.e. garden and parks, woodland or freshwater.
6. Descriptive tags: Tags are sometimes added to help pull together a group of observations i.e. within an iSpot project. For example, to link to the NBN 2020 Conference bioblitz add NBNconf20 to your observations.
7. Add an identification: If you think you know the name of what you have seen, add a Scientific name or a Common name; select How sure you are about this and the Group. If you don’t know the name, leave it blank and others will help you identify it.
8. Submit: Remember to click the Confirmation button to create your observation.
9.What to spot?: For help and advice on what to spot, where to see it, and how to identify it, select Explore community, open the Species browser and select the group pf wildlife that interests you.
10. Add agreements, IDs & comments: Once you are registered and have added an observation, you can also assist others by agreeing with or adding identifications to their observations. Click Filter by Group to view the latest posts that may interest you.

Good luck iSpotting!

02 Nov 2020
Janice A