In the NatureSpots App, you can not only share photos of animals, plants and mushrooms, but you can also upload spots about habitats. A habitat is the term from ecology about a particular type of area, which is defined by its natural characteristics like e.g., a forest or the ocean.

Habitats occur in geographical regions and on planet earth, there are many types of habitats present. In the App, we cover a wide range of habitat types, from urban over grasslands to freshwater or mountains. Each habitat group has different sub-types of habitats for you to select. The complete list of habitats in the NatureSpots App is:

Urban & Gardens

  • Garden
  • Park
  • Sub-urbia
  • Urban
  • Brownfield land
  • Hedge / Flowerbed
  • Industrial
  • Transportation
  • Indoor
  • Zoo / Enclosure
  • Guerilla gardening 


  • Agricultural meadows
  • Crop cultivation
  • Pastures
  • Plantage
  • Vineyard
  • Indoor growing & Glass house
  • Garden agriculture
  • Permaculture

Grassland, Shrubs & Tundra

  • Natural Meadow (hygrophilous or tropophilous grassland) (FFH 6; Olson & Dinerstein 8)
  • Steppe (xerophilous grassland)
  • Shrubland & Heath (FFH 4)
  • Macchia (FFH 5)
  • Savannah (xerophilous grassland containing isolated trees) (Olson & Dinerstein 7)
  • Flooded grassland (Olson & Dinerstein 9)
  • Tundra (Olson & Dinerstein 11)

Forest (FFH 9)

  • Boreal forest (Olson & Dinerstein 6)
  • Temperate forest (Olson & Dinerstein 4, 5)
  • Riparian forest
  • Mediterranian forest (Olson & Dinerstein 12)
  • Tropical forest (Olson & Dinerstein 1, 2, 3)
  • Mangroves (Olson & Dinerstein 14)

Mountains & rocks (FFH 8)

  • Rock areas
  • Mountain meadows (Olson & Dinerstein 10)
  • Alpine tundra (Olson & Dinerstein 10)
  • Glacial ice
  • Caves

Dunes & Deserts

  • Rocky desert (Olson & Dinerstein 13)
  • Sandy desert (Olson & Dinerstein 13)
  • Dunes (FFH 2)
  • Xeric vegetation (Olson & Dinerstein 13)
  • Cold desert

Freshwater (FFH 3)

  • Spring
  • Pond
  • Lake
  • Stream
  • River
  • Swamp
  • Bog (Moore) (FFH 7)
  • Artificial freshwater

Marine & Coasts

  • Sandy coast (FFH 1)
  • Rocky coast (FFH 1)
  • Mudflat / Watt (FFH 1)
  • Brackish water
  • Shelf region
  • Open water
  • Coral reef
  • Oceanic island
  • Polar ice

Other habitats

  • Microscopic
  • Hot springs
  • Vulcanic
  • Endolithic
  • Tar pits
  • Hydrothermal vent

You can also enter a habitat manually if you do not find a fitting category. Different habitat types can have additonal information, like for example in types of forest you can specify if it is a broadleaf forest, a cornifer forest or a mixed forest.

Try it out and post some pictures about habitats you can find in your surroundings. Happy exploring!

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Hey, do you love Nature?

Observing and learning about nature is fun and can help to protect our environment. In the NatureSpots App, you can put up all kinds of nature sightings - from species to habitats. Join up and help to build a biodiversity data set and share your photos!


Create your account or download the NatureSpots App for your Smartphone now to join the community!

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NatureSpots is a non-profit and 100% community-driven project. We run it because we love to discover our world and share our findings with others. The app does not contain any ads and we do not get money from this project at all. Download the App on your Smartphone and join up!

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Want to partner up for a new biodiversity experience?

We are looking for partners, who are interested in biodiversity data, Citizen Science and being part of a modern and unique app. NatureSpots App is running on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform and provides a wide range of interactive features. For partners, we can provide communication tools, access to the data administration interface and download of occurrence records without any costs.

Please get in contact via office@spotteron.net if you are interested in joining NatureSpots with your organization! Let's talk about the future of biodiversity monitoring and how we can work best together!