Submitting Images

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.

Q&A on Submitting Images

  1. 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.

  2. Does it matter how big the image file size is? - No. Your image will be automatically resized when your upload it so we only keep a low resolution copy.
  3. What shape should my image be? - The standard 6x4 or 7x5 shape is fine. However if you crop your image try to avoid long, thin images as these don't display very well. Unless you have a particular composition that you want to retain, it is best to crop the image so that the subject is centred and large within the frame. If you have a lot of background with a small subject, it won't be very clear when displayed as a small thumbnail on the web site.

Bird Nests

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.