What should I make observations of?

What should I make observations of? - UK and Ireland : Nature! The ordinary world of nature around you is probably the best place to start. It doesn't have to be rare, or unusual, or difficult to identify. We're more interested in wild nature than cultivated plants or farmed animals. So, for instance, we'

Nature! The ordinary world of nature around you is probably the best place to start. It doesn't have to be rare, or unusual, or difficult to identify. We're more interested in wild nature than cultivated plants or farmed animals. So, for instance, we're not so interested in the roses in your garden or nearby park, but we are interested in the greenfly and ladybirds on them.

There are just a few exceptions, where there is a chance that wildlife could be be damaged or disturbed; in particular, we ask that you do not post observations of birds at the nest, or active nests, and of roosting bats (see our Terms of use).

iSpot has been most heavily used in the UK and Ireland, but we welcome observations from around the world. Identifications are provided by our friendly online community, and if you are posting from outside the UK you may find that there are few people who know the wildlife of your area - if you know any local experts who would like to join iSpot please put us in touch! 

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26 Jun 2009
dougclow