Without YOU we wouldn’t be the iSpot we are today…and here at #iSpot12for12!

Without YOU we wouldn’t be the iSpot we are today…and here at #iSpot12for12! - UK and Ireland :

So, this really is a HUGE THANK YOU to YOU our iSpot Community. Particularly as we move into our iSpot 12th Anniversary celebrations this month, we want to say a huge thank you and a special mention to everyone in our iSpot community… This isn’t just for #VolunteersWeek and #MonthOfCommunity - we really wouldn’t be the iSpot we are today without YOU! So, thank you to all those who have contributed to iSpot and participated with and supported us over the years; to those who have been with us from the start, that have joined us along the way and who are just starting your journey with us now. We value and appreciate every single one of you. Thank you from everyone here on the iSpot Team for all that you do to make this biodiversity community buzz, hum and thrive!

We have 77, 170 Registered Users on iSpot and want to say thank you to each and every one of you for supporting iSpot over the years and contributing to make this such a friendly, knowledge sharing and supportive community. Your 819, 904 biodiversity observations count. We appreciate all your agreements, yes, all 2, 143, 473 of them! Every image you have shared with us makes a difference – and you’ve shared 1, 610, 088 of them! All these interactions create ripples of agreement, disagreement and lively discussion, enjoyment, marvel, wonder and learning. You have made this the wonderful, buzzing, evolving, thriving biodiversity community that is iSpotnature.org and all your contributions matter and are truly appreciated.

The Guardian wrote a wonderful article in April 2021, “A bug’s life: how a volunteer army is putting Britain’s wildlife on the record”, which sang the praises of nature recorders everywhere providing vital data on beetles, soldierflies and a host of lesser-known insects. iSpot had a special mention in the piece and it was well deserved. All those biodiversity observations are valuable; all the detailed sightings of flora and fauna, those key events in their lifecycles, are vital for taking nature’s pulse and keeping track on biodiversity, as the climate warms, habitats shrink, and pesticides and pollution degrade the quality of the land. Biodiversity monitoring and recording matters. It’s important for research, conservation and feeding into local planning systems; it helps build the case for conservation, seek funds for habitat management and can inform and influence policy change.

There is so much to look back on and coming up for iSpotnature.org and to celebrate our 12 years together, we are looking forward to reminiscing and reflecting, and excited to look ahead to iSpot’s future. Recognising your contributions throughout our iSpot 12 years for 12 months #iSpot12for12 celebrations will form a large part of both looking back and looking forward.

Once again, a huge thank you to YOU our iSpot community for supporting and contributing to iSpot over the years; without you, we really wouldn’t be the iSpot we are today!

07 Jun 2021
Rachel R