Mobile App

    You can now use a mobile app on your phone or tablet to submit records to NatureSpot. NatureSpot is part of the national iRecord system so are using the established and well-used iRecord app rather than building our own. The instructions below explain how you can set up the iRecord app to direct your records to NatureSpot. (If you want general help on how to use the app, this is available from iRecord: https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/user-guide).

    Using the iRecord app for NatureSpot

    The iRecord App is available for both Apple and Android phones and can be used to submit records to NatureSpot from your mobile phone or tablet. Please note, you need to search for iRecord in the app store not for NatureSpot - you can submit your VC55 records to NatureSpot from within the iRecord app. 

    Step 1

    Before starting, please register an account on https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/ if you don’t have one already. Registration is free - you will have to fill in a few details and accept terms and conditions. Please ensure you use the same email as you used for your account on NatureSpot to allow iRecord to link the records to your account. After registering you will need to click a link in an email from iRecord to validate your account.

    Step 2

    IMPORTANT: Make sure you are logged into iRecord then follow this link to register yourself with the NatureSpot Activity: https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/join/naturespot-leicestershire--rutland. iRecord will ask you to confirm – click the Join button to proceed. If you do not submit your records via the NatureSpot Activity in the app we won't receive them. 

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    Step 3

    Install the iRecord app (https://irecord.org.uk/app/) for your phone if you have not already done so and log in on the app.

    Step 4

    At the bottom of the app home screen there is a row of buttons. Just to the left of the central green + button is an activities button (ringed in red below), tap this:

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    Step 5

    On the list of activities which appears tap the “NatureSpot Leicestershire & Rutland” entry shown below – make sure the small tick to the right of the “Default” entry moves to the NatureSpot entry showing that it is selected. If you can’t see the NatureSpot activity but are sure you have joined it, try pulling the screen down then letting go to refresh the list:

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    Step 6

    You are now free to add records within the app using the + or Photo button. When you submit your records, watch out for the blue bar at the top of the record details which confirms that you are adding it to the NatureSpot activity:

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    That’s it!

    Note that because the records are initially submitted to iRecord then moved into NatureSpot it may take a short while for them to be transferred to NatureSpot.