What is iSpot?
iSpot is a website aimed at helping
anyone identify anything in nature. The
iSpot web address is
You can add an observation to the
website and suggest an identification
yourself or see if anyone else can
identify it for you.
You can also help others by adding an
identification to an existing
observation, which you may like to do as
your knowledge grows. Your reputation on
the site will grow as people agree with
You may also like to visit our forums
which offer lively debate around
observations and other more general
What happens on iSpot?
People upload their observations of
nature, help each other identify it, and
share and discuss what they've seen.
The best 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 to
home page, and click on the photos
for the latest observations, or on the
species-group icons just below.
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 can
either register yourself, or use the
Friends of Rietvlei registration - see
below for details
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 on the
iSpot website. Click Add
an observation, fill in the form, and
For help and advice on what to spot,
where to see it, and how to identify it,
go to the top of the page on the iSpot
website and click on
the Groups menu - select which of the
eight iSpot wildlife groups you are
How do I participate in iSpot?
of Friends of Rietvlei can make use of
our login and submit their observations.
Your observation will be identified by
the appearance of the Friends of
Rietvlei 'badge' with your entry on the
iSpot website; our badge is shown here.
If you want to use the Friends of
Rietvlei login, please email us your
request and tell us what your main
interests are. We will email you the
login user name and password to use.
You can also register on
iSpot in your own name - 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.
By participating in iSpot you can make a
real difference and add to our knowledge
of plants and animals, particularly
their distribution in situations where
many plants and animals are under