Ecological interactions on iSpot

Discover & record the ecological interactions among species.

Background and nature of the task
If you have not used iSpot before, you may like to first complete our activity on 'Exploring nature with iSpot' which includes steps for how to get started.

All organisms are part of a web of connections with other species, often formed by feeding relationships. Now you can explore and record these ecological relationships using iSpot.

Every plant species is eaten by a whole community of insects. Here is just a small sample of the ecological links between species that have been recorded on iSpot.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Look out for the carousel - when you get a likely ID for an observation you've added, check for a carousel of images at the bottom of the screen that shows you species which have been associated with it.
  • Find the associated species - why not see if you can find some of the associated species out in the field? If you do see one, you can create a linked observation for it (see below).
  • Look for interactions - if you see any interactions between species you can now record these with a description of the relationship that you've seen.
  • Add interactions to your existing observations - take a look at your existing iSpot observations to see whether they contain evidence of an ecological interaction. 

Duration and pattern of use
This activity should take approximately 1-3 hours to complete.

iSpot's new look launched!!!

iSpot has a new look with a fresh design and exciting additional features. The main changes are:

- 'My Spot' becomes 'Your iSpot' with new features to filter observations

- You can create a 'Project' gathering observations from a location, species group or time period on one page

- You can experience iSpot through four core themes: Explore, Identify, Contribute and Personalise

- The website is now responsive and will re-size to fit the device you are using

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