It contains a full list of plant, bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, butterfly, dragonfly and moth species. Species can be found and located by searching for either common or formal latin names (using 3 or more letters).
Records can be exported into a spreadsheet for later import into Recorder or GIS software on your PC.
It includes a moving Ordnance Survey map (sourced from OpenData, downloadable for offline use) for recording species away from the current location. If you have purchased 1:25k OS 10km map tiles these can also be used after some processing (please email for instructions).
It also supports GPS track recording, and additional fields for appropriate species - eg life stage for amphibians and DAFOR for plants.
We are negotiating to obtain the complete UK flora and fauna (including bryophytes, fungi, insects etc) but this is not yet available.
Integration with iRecord is also in development.
It is developed by scientists from four French research organisations (Cirad, INRA, Inria and IRD), and the Tela Botanica network, with the financial support of Agropolis fondation.
Among other features, this free app helps identifying plant species from photographs, through a visual recognition software. Plant species that are well enough illustrated in the botanical reference database can be easily recognized.
This app works on more than 3700 species of wild flora of the French territory, the species list is available through the application. The number of species and the number of images used by the application evolve with contributions of end users to the project.
It doesn’t allow the identification of ornamental plants. It works even better than the pictures submitted are focused on one organ. Pictures of tree leaves on uniform background provide the most relevant results. If you correctly identify a species, you can participate to the project by submitting your observation with the "contribution" button. These contributions subject to a moderation process will be validated collaboratively.
To find this application on the web, go to the following link:
Those who want to contribute more interactively to this participatory science project can go to:
Have you ever wanted to make your own vegetable garden or wild-flower garden? A Gardeners Handbook: Volume 1 provides all the inspiration, tips and ideas for you to get started. Perfect for the experienced and novice gardener alike.
At a glance...
Making a Garden
From planning to spot selection, this chapter has everything you need to know about making your own garden. Topics include sun direction, tools, money saving tips, and other practical advice.
Learn how to design your own landscape garden with ideas on tree selection and where to plant them, shrubs and hedges, garden paths, drainage, vines, flowers, and more.
Wild flower gardens
All you need to know to grow your own including plant selection, soil, conditions, planting, transplanting, and more.
Several chapters cover everything you need to know to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables. Within months you could be making your very own home cooked recipes! Or why not make money selling produce? Topics covered include making your own vegetable garden, vegetable selection, how to grow, crop rotation, sunlight, soil, watering, frost, cultivation, weeding, rotation, and more. Vegetables mentioned include beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, melons, pumpkins, and others.
Soil - Everything you need to know about the three types of soil.
Seeds - Planting, selection, impurity, tips, and other topics.
Pests - Tips to avoid and control common pests including grasshoppers, caterpillars, plant lice, mosquitoes, cutworms, slugs, beetles, and others.
Fighting plant enemies. Perfect should you want to fight plant enemies.
Add information to mySoil by uploading your own soil description, pH, texture and photos.
mySoil is for anyone with an interest in the soil; including gardeners, farmers, students, environmentalists and land-use planners.
mySoil is a free app from the BGS and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
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The Sealife tracker app shows you how to identify each species and enables you to easily submit geo-located photos whenever you find one. The app features 25 species - 14 of which are climate change indicators and 11 that are invasive, non-native species. There's an information page for each species with a photo gallery and also a "Confusion Species" gallery for each, to help you to correctly ID them.
You can also keep track of the project, view results and upload more records on the Sealife Tracker website: http://www.brc.ac.uk/sealife_tracker/home
AquaInvaders works alongside PlantTracker and is designed to collect information on invasive non-native animals. It covers fish (12 species altogether), crayfish (5 species), amphibians (4 species), Killer Shrimp, Zebra Mussel, Mink and many other unwelcome animal species that pose a threat to native biodiversity and/or threaten the integrity of our water ways.
The app is supported by the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat, the Angling Trust, the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland and BSAC.
The data you collect will be submitted to the Biological Records Centre (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) where it will be verified by experts and, in certain cases, responded to directly by the relevant authority. Once verified your data will be available publicly via the NBN Gateway.