Observado.org is a site where people travelling away from home can record observations of plants, animals, etc. It is most used by folks from Belgium and the Netherlands. There are currently over 10.8m observations of which over 360,000 are plants. Narrowing this down a bit, there are currently 239 observations of plants from the Isle of Skye including a few interesting records. Jean-François has put his Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima (Sea Beet) record at Glenbrittle there, and there is a useful record of Parnassia palustris (Grass-of-Parnassus) which localises an older vague record at Lower Breakish.

Many records are accompanied by images which allows confirmation (or otherwise) of the recorded species. Locations are given only as latitude and longitude so it is necessary to convert these coordinates to the British National Grid if they are to fit into the standard UK recording schemes.

The website is not entirely user-friendly towards someone wanting to extract details but with a bit of effort it can be done.

Further afield there are, for example, 33 records for Mull including a new tetrad for Parnassia palustris (Grass-of-Parnassus), two for Okney and two for Fair Isle.  Skye seems to especially favoured.


4 Responses to “Observado.org”

  1. Hisko de Vries Says:

    I am honoured you mentioned Observado.org on your Site. As you said observado.org is mostly used by belgium and dutch observers, but this is rapidly changing. Your group of plant observers can easily join Observado to record your data. Either by entering the data on the site or by using one of our 3 apps . For demonstration purposes i created a subsite for your islands http://skye.observation.org/soortenlijst_wg_v3.php . You can always contact me for more information.
    Your sincerely , Hisko de Vries

  2. Stephen Says:

    Thanks, Hisko but folks, please send all records to me as BSBI Recorder!

  3. Hisko de Vries Says:

    Stephen, if you become the local administrator of skye.observation.org you can export all data (also in British National Grid). Would make your live easier 🙂

  4. Stephen Says:

    That sounds like a good idea. Do you want to e-mail me directly? You can find my e-mail address here: http://www.bsbi.org.uk/north_ebudes.html.

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