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iSpot new life

Updated Friday 9th December 2011

iSpot needs your help this winter by spotting a species you haven't seen before. The Open University's Martin Harvey sets the challenge to us all


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When was the last time you saw a species you'd never seen before? iSpot and Saving Species are encouraging everyone to find at least one species that is new to you, between now and next April.

To take part, just add your observation to iSpot in the normal way, but make sure that in the "Descriptive tags" box you type in “New to me”.

With estimates of up to 80,000 species in Britain and Ireland it shouldn't be too hard to find something you've never seen before! If you're new to wildlife watching then you'll be seeing new things all the time, but even if you've been observing species all your life there are always more to find, perhaps by looking at a species group you don't normally take a close interest in, and getting help from the iSpot community to identify it.  Anyone can join in and discover new life, and we look forward to seeing what you can find in the coming months. 

Creative commons image Icon Robin, Leighton Moss January 2009 / Gidzy / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license What wildlife will you spot this winter?

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