"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 is a website aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature. People upload their observations of wildlife, help each other identify it, and share and discuss what they've seen. A good place to start is to look at some of the latest observations - you can see what people are observing right now. Anyone can see what's on the site without registering - just go back to the home page, and click on the photos for the latest observations."
Date created: 22/04/2020
This project can be done at home
How to participate: "We'd love you to make use of the site yourself, by showing your own observations, or commenting on other people's and helping them to identify what they've found. To do this you'll need to register on the site - this is totally free, and does not commit you to anything. All you need to provide is a user name, an email address, and a password. Then the next thing to do is to get outside and make some observations. You need to note down what you've seen, where you've seen it, and when you saw it. If you can take a digital photograph of it that is very helpful, and allows others to share what you've seen. Then upload your observation. Click Add an observation, fill in the form, and you're away! If you have an idea of the identification then you can add that but if not then leave that part blank and someone else will help out with the name. The only part of the name that is required is which of the main groups it is in e.g. is it in group 'Amphibians and reptiles', 'Birds', 'Fish', 'Fungi and lichens', 'Invertebrates', 'Mammals', 'Other organisms', or 'Plants'."
Needed equipment:Camera, internet access
Funding program:The Big Lottery Fund (2008 – 2012), as part of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)
iSpot is a great way of learning about nature in the UK and to contribute observations