Green Appleton with woods

Green Appleton using iNaturalist

red kite flying
Update! We have now recorded over 1000 observations! The landmark record is described in the explanation section below.
bioblitz poster

We launched the use of iNaturalist in a BioBlitz held at Appleton primary school's summer fete on 1st July 2023. There we had a lot of enthusiastic kids hunting in the undergrowth for beasties for us to identify. The most notable things they came up with were a Stag beetle and the ever-popular buff-tailed bumble bee.

Since then we have accumulated over 900 observations, in which there are over 400 species, found by 46 users (as of 26 March 2024).


World map of observations
iNaturalist is a worldwide network of people who contribute observations of natural organisms. These are mapped and identified to make a huge resource of observations of biodiversity across the globe. Its primary aim is to connect people with nature, but it also provides valuable open data to research projects in science, conservation and land management. It began in 2008 as a Master's project in the University of California, Berkeley, and remains a nonprofit social enterprise that is free to use for both the public and the scientific community.

There is an app for both iPhone and Android (link given at thebottom of the page) and there is also a website. You can use the app to photograph and identify plants and animals out in the wild,then use the website to look at vast range of maps, photographs and summaries, not to mention a lot of information about the species observed.

smartphone map of connections

You need to sign up to the network to start with so that your finds can be logged to you username. There is also a project set up called Appleton with Eaton Green Group. This will filter out observations made in Appleton, so we can get information abour our own biodiversity, and help people become aware of the marvellous wildlife around them.

What iNaturalist is all about
    To use iNaturalist
  1. Download the iNaturalist app from the App Store, or Google Play Store.
  2. When you open the app, you will be greeted with a welcome screen and information about how to use the app. Swipe to learn all you can do with iNaturalist! At the end, you can view nearby observations for inspiration.
  3. At the Log In page you can sign in if you already have an account. If you need an account, select New to iNaturalist? Sign up now!
  4. At the bottom of the screen. Enter your email address, a password, and a username. Select Sign Up to create an account.
  5. To join the Appleton with Eaton Green Group project, click either the menu in the top left on Android and select Projects, or the project icon in the bottom right on Apple.
  6. Click on the search magnifying glass, type Appleton with Eaton Green Group, select the group, and click on the join button.
    To make an observation:
  1. Tap Observe
  2. Add one or more photos as evidence. You can take a photo, or select one you have previously taken from your camera roll.
  3. Choose what you saw. Select "What did you see?" and iNaturalist will present a number of suggestions!
  4. You can search for a species if you think you know it, or choose one of the suggested species if you are unsure.
  5. The date you saw it should be added automatically.
  6. The place where you saw it should be added automatically. If it doesn't it might be an issue with the Privacy Settings in the app.
  7. Your observation will be automatically added to the project for the community to see!
Appleton with Eaton Green Group

As of March 26 2024, our group consists of 46 observers who have made a whopping 941 observations which cover 471 species.

group statistics

The species seen most commonly is the 7-spot ladybird, followed by the buff-tailed bumble bee. If you look up your find on the website there is a whole raft of information about it, such as when it is mosy observed, its lifecycle and taxonomy.

buff-tailed bumble bee

You can also see an interactive map of where the finds were made.

map of species observed in Appleton
red fox

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) by appletonwildlifediary. It is the largest of the true foxes and one of the most widely distributed members of the order Carnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere including most of North America, Europe and Asia, plus parts of North Africa.

peacock  butterfly

Peacock butterfly (Aglais io) by holt2012. It is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe and temperate Asia as far east as Japan. It has a wingspan of 50 to 55 millimetres (2 to 2+1/8 in). The base colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive, black, blue and yellow eyespot.

song thrush

(c) Luigi Andena. Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) by holt2012. The song thrush breeds in forests, gardens and parks, and is partially migratory with many birds wintering in southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East; it has also been introduced into New Zealand and Australia.

Fly agaric

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) by appletonwildlifediary. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, A. muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations. Although poisonous, death due to poisoning from A. muscaria ingestion is quite rare. Parboiling twice with water draining weakens its toxicity and breaks down the mushroom's psychoactive substances;

The observers of Appleton have made over 1000 observations in iNaturalist! The person making the 1000th observation was our own Claire Salmon of shop fame, who recorded a black lace weaver. Apparently it was terrifying, so all credit to her for taking a photo and putting it in the system, rather than smacking it with her shoe or running away. To mark the occasion she was presented with a certificate and the book "Planting for Butterflies" to help make her garden eco-friendly.

black lace weaver claire S getting her certificate planting for butterflies

Interactive Mapping

The following are links to interactive maps of the iNaturalist data recorded in Appleton. Using them you can zoom in and move to to areas of interest, and click on each point to find out more about the observation, such as the name of the species, when it was recorded etc. With over 900 observations it was just impossible to put all of them on one map in a way that it could be used meaningfully, so only research-grade observations have been used, and the data has been split into Birds, Mammals, Plants and Fungi and Insects. Sorry frogs.
The map icons below take you the map for that group - hope you find them enjoyable!

link to bird map


link to mammal map


link to insect map


link to plant map

Plants and Fungi

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