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We've all seen a plant or animal and wondered what it was. Some of us even have an overwhelming need to know what species we've seen! If you can't put a name to it, how can you learn more? Hopefully the NatureSpot web site can help you with an identification.
Our Species Library includes images and descriptions of most animals and plants you can find in Leicestershire and Rutland. If you know what type of animal or plant it is, use the menu on the right to go to the relevant page. If you aren't sure then try the Species Library start page to see representative images for each group.
If you can take a photo - do so! A picture is worth a thousand words. To upload a photo, use the Submit Records form. The form includes simple step by step instructions, but as a further guide:
Keep checking the comments attached to your image. You can always find your image by going to My Images.
If you haven't got a photo it will be more difficult, but you can try describing what you have seen on the NatureChat forum. A NatureSpot editor, or maybe another user, can then try to help.
Our ID Resources page provides links and references to a wide range of internet sites and publications that we think offer useful help with identifying species. If you find any other useful sources, please contact us to let us know.
Not every species can be identified from a photograph - though many can. Some insects for example are very similar and can only by reliably separated by close examination. Some plants are distinguishable by flower or fruit which only appear at certain times of year. In most cases however a good photograph can allow an identification to be made, if not to species level then to the close family group in which it belongs. In our Species Library, we endeavour to make it clear in the description if the species cannot be reliably identified from a photograph.