• Red List of All South African Plants available

    SANBI has posted its plant Red List on the web. You can access it by clicking here: Red List of South African Plants..

    In one of the continent's largest collaborative conservation projects to date, South Africa has become the first megadiverse country to fully assess the status of its entire flora.
    The Red List of South African Plants Online provides up to date information on the national conservation status of South Africa's indigenous plants.

  • 2000 records at 09h25 on 19 August 2011

    A Major Milestone: 2000 Observations, with Gigi's sighting of Red Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus) at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

    Well done everyone. Many thanks to everyone who made this possible and contributed to this achievement!

    We now have records from Namibia, Botswana and all over South Africa. Several areas have fairly comprehensive species lists. All major habitats and most animal and plant groups are represented!

  • New Forum Added: Wanted!

    A "Wanted" Forum has been added for those who wish to especially collect information for specific projects.

    The first four projects are:

    • Erica photographs needed for the soon to be released V3 of the Erica electronic guide;
    • Request for Hyobanche (Catsnails) localities from Dr Andrea Wolfe;
    • Protea Colour Survey looking at dark and light colour forms; and,
    • Reporting new species and new localities for the Invasive Aliens: Early Detection and Rapid Response Programme.

    Please see the Forums for details.

  • 1900 records at 00h20 on 15th August 2011

    We have reached 1900 observations, with marlandza’s sighting of Solanum linnaeanum at Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point.

  • 1500 records at 13h58 on 12th July 2011

    We have reached 1500 observations, with Lou's sighting of Africa Black Oystercatcher at Strandfontein sewerage works.

    Very many thanks to all for the fantastic observations! Well done!

    Our regular contributors should be noticing that their reputation is improving. Remember that to acquire or increase your reputation you need to agree with or suggest better identifications. iSpot works by users learning, teaching and becoming experts in chosen groups. Have you found your niche?

  • 1000 records at 11h19 on 28 June 2011

    A Major Milestone: 1000 Observations, with Outramp's sighting of Leucadendron rubrum female at De Hoek in the Swartberg Reserve.

    Very many thanks to everyone who made this possible and contributed to this achievement! Well done!

    Do you recognize the plant (Spinning-top Conebush)? In which case please click on the "I Agree"? ISpot works by your agreeing with those species you know - your participation is vital.
    How many observations have you agreed with?

  • A smart way to save wildlife

    Using modern technology to document and monitor our wildlife is getting smarter and smarter. Your data are invaluable in conservation planning and evaluation. Have a look where we are heading - not just photos and sounds, but ultrasound as well.

    Please see:
    A smart way to save wildlife

  • 900 records at 22h06 on 24 June 2011

    Yesterday we received our 900th record, with Miked's sighting of Watsonia at Cape Point.

    Very many thanks:: 1000 observations should be here any day.

    We now have some excellent portfolios for many places, such as Natures Valley, Tokai, Cape Point, Fish River Canyon. Is your favourite biodiversity spot on iSpot? Put it on the map!

  • Protea Colour Survey

    A survey of protea colours has been launched by Jane Carlson of the University of Connecticut. Surprisingly colour matters in proteas and being pink or white makes a difference to reproductive success. Different stands have different proportions of pale and dark forms. If you encounter proteas in your rambles then you can contribute to discovering where colour matters in proteas. To find out more visit
    Protea Colour Survey

  • 800 records at 21h53 on 18 June 2011

    Today, just two days after hitting 700 records, we reached 800 records, with Miked's sighting of Erica in the Riverlands Nature Reserve.

    Very many thanks - well done!

    At this rate 1000 observations is just around the corner?

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