We know that people all over the UK use NatureSpot to identify plants and animals that they have seen, which is great. You're probably aware that NatureSpot is a citizen science charity which collects wildlife records from Leicestershire and Rutland, but what happens next - what do we do with all that information?
After being verified for accuracy, all the information submitted by you is sent on to the National Biodiversity Network Atlas, a collaborative partnership created to store and exchange UK biodiversity information. More than 170 members make up the NBN and NatureSpot is one of them. We recently submitted our entire dataset of 120,000 records collected from 1987-2016 to the NBN Atlas, making us one of their largest contributors. So please keep up the good work and keep sending in your observations from Leicestershire and Rutland.