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iSpot is a citizen science project run by The Open University (OU) that was developed to help anyone learn about and engage with nature while sharing and building their wildlife identification skills. Supported by a  diverse and growing online community of nature enthusiasts, iSpot has grown into a database of  over 1.5 million photos posted with hundreds of thousands observations of species from a wide range of groups including amphibians and reptiles; birds; fungi and lichens; fish; invertebrates; mammals plants and other organisms. 

iSpot is free and easy to use: share your interest with a friendly community, look at the latest spots, take photos of wildlife, add your own observations, join in discussions and get help identifying what you have seen.

iSpot was launched in June 2009, marking its 10th anniversary in June 2019, and was originally developed with funding from the Big Lottery Fund (2008 – 2012) as part of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL).

iSpot has also received funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the British Ecological Society and is part of The OpenScience Laboratory, an initiative of The Open University and The Wolfson Foundation. Some of our public engagement and outreach work (iSpot Biodiversity Mentors) was also funded by the Ernest Cook Trust.

iSpot and The OpenScience Laboratory

iSpot is associated with the OU’s OpenScience Laboratory, an online centre at the cutting edge of practical science. In addition to a range of citizen science activities on the OpenScience Lab (www.opensciencelab.ac.uk)  you can get involved in:

In addition to iSpot, you can get involved in:

  • Remote Experiments
  • Virtual instruments and interactive screen experiments
  • Online field investigations
  • 3D Immersive environments
  • Citizen Science activities (i.e. www.ispotnature.org and www.treezilla.org)
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