from 27/06/2009

iSpot ( is aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature! It 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 while monitoring and recording biodiversity..

iSpot has grown into a database of over 1.6 million photos posted in 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 aims to:

  • Lower barriers to identification - build ID skills
  • Make nature accessbile /  open to all
  • Suppport development of a new generation of naturalists 
  • Facilitate biological monitoring and data recording

It 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.

A citizen science platform (citizen observatory) for biodiversity iSpot was launched by the OU in 2009, celebrating 12 years of activity in 2021, and has grown into an active, diverse online community of tens of thousands of nature enthusiasts, both experts and novices.

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 goto the home page, and click on the photos for the latest observations. Browse or add observations in a range of species groups.

Needed equipment

Camera, internet access

Created July 5, 2021, 12:48 p.m.

Updated Nov. 17, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

Id Tools Education Environmental Monitoring Citizen Observatories Wildlife Nature Biodiversity
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