Welcome to the introduction page of the nature observations database!
We invite everyone to enter their nature observations (the first springtime common hepatica, the roe deer you saw, the nightingale you heard, etc.) in the nature observations database. This database has been created for all nature lovers who want to keep a so-called nature observations diary and share their observations with others, including scientists. In addition to observations of living specimens (plants, animals, fungi), observations of traces of animal activity (paw marks, faeces) and dead specimens (e.g. animals hit by a car) can also be entered into the database.
NATURE OBSERVATIONS DATABASE – WHAT IS THAT?
Observations of all kinds of different species (mammals, birds, vascular plants, amphibians, fish, reptiles, insects, butterflies, molluscs, mosses, lichens, fungi, etc.) can be entered into the database. One of the purposes of the nature observations database is to increase people’s awareness of nature. You can enter your observation in the database even if you are not able to determine the species. In that case, take a photo of the observed object and enter the observation together with the photograph into the database.
The observations entered in the nature observations database create an electronic observation diary for the observer, allowing them to later perform various queries/searches among their observations. The observations entered in the database are used, for example, in the compilation of distribution atlases and various analyses. The database thus collects valuable information about the diversity of Estonian nature. After being confirmed in the wild, observations of protected species reach the national environmental register. Your observation may contain very valuable information.
PLEASE NOTE! The nature observation app is currently being updated and the new smart app can be downloaded and used as soon as in the winter of 2022! You may experience errors when using the old app.