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We welcome the submission of wildlife or nature-related images to our web site, provided they have been taken in Leicestershire or Rutland. Every wildlife image is treated as a 'record' to help build up knowledge about the species living in our area. For this reason images should be submitted using our Submit Records form where you will be asked to say when and where you saw the species photographed. You can submit up to four images of each record.
Your images don't have to be award-winning standard! Any image that allows the species to be recognised is welcome. If you don't know what species it is then we will try to help you identify it - just select '?' from the species drop-down menu when you fill in the Submit Records form. Read more about help with identification.
Do I keep the copyright? - Yes! By submitting your image to NatureSpot you just agree to grant NatureSpot a license to use your image for educational purposes. See Terms for more details.
Most bird nests are protected by the Wildlife & Country Act 1981 - some (Schedule 1 species) are protected by special penalties. Photographing an active nest is deemed to be disturbance under the Act without the appropriate licence. Not all species require a licence but all are covered by "recklessly disturbing" - it is a grey area with respect to common species but if the act of photographing a nest caused the birds to desert then an offence would have been committed. For this reason we do not normally publish images of nests containing eggs or live young.