Us

Gaia Guide is a non-profit initiative, putting field guides in the hands of anyone carrying a smart phone or tablet. Access to the information on this website is and will remain free. Likewise, all field guides based upon this website are free.

Our goal

The goal is to make it easier for people to recognise the great variety of life around them and, through recognition, start to build an understanding of that life, its needs, its beauty, and its value.

Our offering

If you are planning a trip to a region covered by a field guide on this website, consider either downloading a tailor made mobile application or downloading the Gaia Guide mobile application and then selecting the specific groups of species from this site that you wish to upload into the app.
Being crowd sourced, there are and will continue to be gaps in species coverage. If you encounter a species that is not covered on this site please consider using one of the mobile applications to record the details of your encounter, to upload those details to this site and to include photos so that others with similar encounters can be assisted in future.
If you are doing a biodiversity survey in a particular region, also consider using Gaia Guide. Should the area or species of interest not already be covered by existing data, we can work with you to efficiently assemble suitable field guide data to support biodiversity survey work. All records gathered using our mobile applications are uploaded to this website. They can then be filtered, edited and reviewed online and are available for download by researchers in a variety of formats. If this is your schtick, please get in touch.

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Recently contributed images

Osprey eating fish.

© John Prats

Neomeris sp at Lizard Island. 

© Anne Hoggett

Halicoryne spicata at Turtle Group near Lizard Island, height about 50 mm

© Andrew Hoey

Dense coverage of Halicoryne spicata at Turtle Group near Lizard Island in October 2014

© Andrew Hoey

Dense coverage of Halicoryne spicata at Turtle Group near Lizard Island in October 2014

© Andrew Hoey

Halicoryne spicata at Turtle Group near Lizard Island, height about 50 mm

© Andrew Hoey

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, Ocean Free, Green Island, used the boat mast as a lookout

© David Witherall and Jodi Dyer

Red Squirrelfish, Sargocentron rubrum, Mooring Bommie, Ocean Free, Green Island 

© David Witherall and Adie Gardener

Eastern Shovelnose Ray (Aptychotrema rostrata), Fly Point, Port Stephens, NSW

© Richard Ling
A group of Fiveline Cardinalfish resting amongst staghorn coral during the daytime © Andy Lewis