Submitted by Trevor Davis on Mon, 05/04/2021 - 17:35

I have been very much enjoying using Naturespot, especially during the lockdowns and I am much in admiration of the verifiers who try to make sense of my records, and of the time they must put in!  However, the recent upgrade causes me some puzzlement.

I see that the system now has a much enhanced dashboard.  This tells me that some of my records have not been accepted, (a fact of which I had no inkling before) but I cannot see how to view these records to find out which they were and thus perhaps where I am going wrong.  Indeed I have scrolled all the way down my records and they all seem to have ticks against them of various colours and number.  Are "not accepted" records just deleted?

Before the upgrade, the listing of my records told me that one of my photos has been included in the species library, (very gratifying!) but it doesn't say which one, and that would be nice.  Is it possible to navigate the site in such a way as to find out?  The new dashboard, so it seems to me, does not contain this information at all. 


Best regards,


Trevor Davis


Submitted by David Nicholls on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 08:51


Hi Trevor. Just to reassure you, no record is ever deleted by us so even if a record isn't accepted it remains on the database and can be rechecked and the decision amended if more evidence emerges for example. However you are right, the records not accepted are not listed. This is an oversight so I'll get it amended! Thanks for spotting it and letting us know.

It sounds like you have not been receiving notifications about your records. This is an optional opt-in but is very useful so I'd recommend everyone elect to receive them. I've added these to your account but if you disagree or want to to change anything just visit My Account then click the edit tab (open the advanced notifications settings).

We intend to add to the dashboard and an images tab is next on the list, funding permitting. However I don't think it is possible to identify which images have been published, though I'll look into it.

Submitted by Trevor Davis on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 09:20

In reply to by David Nicholls


Thank you David, for all your help!  Yes, I have found the notifications settings among the advanced settings ... In fact I have changed the settings to "weekly" ; I normally like to settle down once a week to submit new records so that should work out just nicely.

Submitted by David Nicholls on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 13:15


We have now added all records to the records tab on the dashboard, including those 'not accepted'. You can filter for these using the drop down menu in the filter box.

Submitted by Jel on Tue, 27/04/2021 - 18:52



I am suddenly unable to make the map select a grid ref square! I'm afraid I've just sent in 3 empty submissions in trying to make the map work...sorry. The grid ref box accepts numbers I've previously used, and puts a red square on the map. But I can't select a different square - the orange box appears but can't be selected and doesn't do the autofill in the gridref box. Otherwise newlook is great thanks.