Welcome to iSpot! Check out our top tips to help you on your way

Welcome to iSpot! Check out our top tips to help you on your way - UK and Ireland :

www.iSpotnature.org is a citizen science platform (citizen observatory) for biodiversity. It is aimed at helping anyone identify and learn about wildlife. Share your interest with a friendly community, take a look at the latest spots, add your own observations, join a discussion, get help or assist others identifying what was seen. 

 New to iSpot or a regular visitor? Here are ten top tips to help you get the most out of your experience:

  1. Explore and browse: 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 sightings. Select the Communities view you prefer i.e. UK & Ireland, Global etc.
  2. Register: To contribute 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 Earth Day 2021 ‘Restore our Earth’ project add the tag Restoration 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?: Click Filter by Group to view the latest posts in the species group that may interest youFor help with what to spot, where to see it, and how to identify it, select Explore community, open the Species browser and select the group of wildlife that interests you.  Like an observation, news item, article, etc. and want to remember where it is? Click the *Add to Favourites button.
  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. Go to the Forums to chat with others on a range of topics; and remember to visit Your iSpot (opens up from your username) to see your profile, keep track of your activity and changes, observations, favourites, etc. as well as contributions to your posts by others.

Happy iSpotting!


22 May 2021
Janice A