iSpot uses the wisdom in the crowd, but is designed for learning so we expect the structure of the network to change over time A name is the quantum of learning in biodiversity A name is a key to knowledge With a name you can share what you have seen & find out more about it The process of discovering the correct name is a lightbulb moment Now have nearly 17,000 registered users and over 90,000 observations
Hedges are great places for wildlife and thousands more observations of wildlife found in these habitats have been posted on iSpot Here are just a handful seen earlier this month. Cranefly, AndyK Pied shieldbug, chrisbrooks Commom carder bee, chrisbrooks Greater stichwort, heathboy Small white, dodgydoug Bunias orientalis, martinjohnbishop Goldfinch, Glen1 Vapourer caterpillar, IanPeirce777 hoverfly ( Dasysyrphus albostriatus) , davidcareyhadlow Chaffinch, Alison_Reid99 Cuckoo flower & orange tip egg, moremoth Hawthorn, gramandy Weeping Widow, Jonathan Green alkanet, Teesider female blackcap jeremy015 Xanthoria parietina, martinjohnbishop
Votes, weighted by reputation in the group in question Half of observations posted with no name receive a likely ID inside an hour and 88% within a day.
As users progress from their first to their 50 th observation posted on iSpot, they are more and more likely to be able to identify what they have seen for themselves.
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/98950 Pyrrhocoris apterus in London http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/124751 Palomena prasina http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/133398 Corizus hyoscyami
Updated with Martins new analysis 6 Jan 2012 The 281 BAP spp imclude about 50 spp of moths that are still widespread, but that are listed because they are declining & need research Some species are on more than one conservation list
This uses 2 cloud services – Google maps and the Red List for SA to obfuscate the locations of sensitive species
iSpot helps people learn 407 Observers 20,350 Observations
Shieldbugs & allies • first Eurydema ornata record on the Gateway • an intriguing record of the Fire Bug Pyrrhocoris apterus in London • multiple records of the spectacular new arrival Leptoglossus occidentalis. • the data reflect recent northward and inland spread of species responding to climate change (eg Palomena prasinaDistribution of and Corizusthe c300 Thanks to hyoscyami)observations Dr T. Bantock
Species of conservation concern• Of 6,567 species in Gt Britain identified on iSpot to date:• 733 (11%) have a conservation listing, including: – BAP Priority species (c. 300) – Red-listed species (c. 250) – Nationally Scarce species (c. 300)