Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Wildlife Information Online

There's a wealth of sites on-line where you can find out about how to identify wildlife. So here's a list of some of the useful ones for the British Isles:


 Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) has some excellent guides to British wildlife.

The RSPB website is a great resource for British birders, I link to it a lot in my blog posts. It has a very useful bird guide where you can browse by species or family and a bird identifier to help you identify what you've seen. The entries for individual species include sound files, though only for songs, not calls.

You may also be interested in xeno-canto which shares sound-files of birds from around the world.

The British Trust for Ornithology has some excellent video bird identification videos on its website. 

UK Safari has an information page with links to information about UK mammals.

Amphibians and Reptiles
The Herpetological Society has an online guide to British amphibians and an online guide to British reptiles.  

Angling Times has a identification guide for British freshwater fish, whether you're an angler or a naturalist... and a guide to British sea fish too!

Insects and Spiders (General)
The Natural History Museum website has a section devoted to information about some of the more common British insects and spiders.

The Royal Entomological Society offer a free service to help identify insects

Pond Invertebrates
Pond Conservation has a guide to invertebrates that can be found in garden ponds.

Marine Invertebrates
Marine Conservation has a guide to jellyfish

UK Safari profiles some of the British species of beetles.

Nature Spot has a useful guide to ladybirds here.

UK Butterflies has a page with links to identification guides for all stages of the butterfly life cycle, so whether you have seen an adult, a caterpillar, an egg or a pupa, they can help!

UK Moths offers identification guides to 2155 species of moths. Which is a lot.

Wildlife Insite has a useful site to help identification of caterpillars of moths, butterflies and sawflies. 

The Nature Spot Guide to Hoverflies.
All About Hoverflies page.
Steven Falk's Flickr album of Hoverfly photos

The Natural History Museum has a neat little guide to bumblebee identification.
Blooms for Bees clear guide to Bumble bees and Cuckoo Bumbles
The Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society has a beginners' guide to identifying these groups.
British Nature Guides guide to bees, wasps, parasitic wasps and wasp galls

British Bugs has an identification guide for true bugs (Hemiptera) of the UK.

Dragonflies and Damselflies
British Dragonfly Society has a guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of the UK.

UK Safari has a section dedicated to spiders.

The British Marine Life Study Society has an online guide to sea living molluscs

The Conchological Society has an online guide to identifying snails and slugs.

The Natural History Museum has a guide to the 25 species of British earthworms

The Woodland Trust has an online guide to British Trees.

Wild Flowers
The British Wild Flowers website is a useful photographic guide to British wildflowers.

Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns
The British Wild Flowers website also has a useful photographic guide to grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns.

There's also Ferns in Britain and Ireland.  

Here is a guide to edible fungi in the UK and how to avoid poisonous species.

Mosses and Liverworts
The British Bryological Society offers an on-line resource for identifying mosses and liverworts.

British Lichens is a site to help you identify lichens.

The British Marine Life Study Society has a page about seaweeds.
The Fieldguide to British seaweeds is here.
Microscopy UK has a guide to freshwater algae.

There's a brief overview of foraging for wild food here with links to identifying species that you can forage.

and if you are a forager, you should follow principles sustainable harvesting to make sure there's enough left over for others (people and wildlife!). There are some simple guidelines for sustainable foraging here.

Natural History Museum has some wildlife guides that can be accessed here

As ever, red text contains hyperlinks which take you to other webpages where you can find out more.


EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! Lots of information here about wildlife in the U.K.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

Thanks for sharing all the information and will be good finding out more about your birds and wildlife.

happy week
Hugs Carolyn

Carol Steel said...

What a superb list of helpful sites! Though I live in Canada, I've found lots of information here to guide me too. Thank you, Juliet.

Ms Sparrow said...

Impressive list! Thank you so much!

eileeninmd said...

Lots of great link and info, Juliet! Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Ain't technology grand???

bunnits said...

A great list.. Thanks (even though I'm not in the UK).

Caroline Gill said...

A great list. I have also found the Marine Conservation Society folk very helpful ... here.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks Caroline, I've added the MCS jellyfish guide to my list, that's the only guide that's available on their website as far as i can tell,

Debs F Grant said...

A fantastic list. Thanks!

In relation to bird songs and calls, xeno canto is an excellent site. You can stream the sound clip or embed it in your blog or website. I use it a lot on my blog.