Verification

Verification

All records submitted to NatureSpot are checked to confirm the identification and details are correct - a process called verification. In conjunction with the Biological Records Centre (BRC), we use a system with five choices. You will see the icons for these in the verification column of your My Records page.

What do the icons mean?

Correct
The verifier is able to confirm that the species has been identified correctly, usually on the basis of a photo.

Assumed correct

The verifier has not seen photo/s or specimen/s but has a high degree of confidence that the record is likely to be correct, based on difficulty of ID, date, location and recorder skills/experience etc.

Plausible

The record is plausible based on species, date and location, but there is not enough supporting evidence for the possibility of misidentification to be ruled out.

Unable to verify

The verifier thinks that the record is likely not to be correct based on difficulty of ID, date, location and recorder skills/experience (and where no photo/s or specimen/s are available); or photos are available but do not show enough detail to confirm the identification; and/or the record is not sufficiently well documented to confirm.

Incorrect

The verifier is able to confirm that the species has not been identified correctly, or the record is erroneous in other respects, on the basis of photo/s or specimen/s, or on information from the recorder.

Find out more?

All NatureSpot records are automatically stored on the BRC server and are verified by a range of experts on the verification page of iRecord - the national recording website run by the BRC. If you would like to get an insight into how this works you can view the 'How to verify' guide.

Could you help to verify records?

All verifyers are volunteers with good identification skills in one or more wildlife groups. Many just verify a single group, such as birds or dragonflies, where they feel confident to check the identification of a record. If you think you could help with thje verification of NatureSpot records, even just of a single group or perhaps of common species you are familiar with, then please get in touch: info@naturespot.org.uk