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Fauna of Great Britain
General information about British wildlife at Wikipedia with more specific pages for regions and wildlife categories.

Identify nature - NHM
Need help to identify an animal, plant or fossil? Get help from our identification apps, online guides and Museum scientists.

Wildlife Explorer - The Wildlife Trusts
Explore British wildlife at The Wildlife Trusts website; browse categories or search for a species.

Wildlife Watch
Junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK's leading environmental action club for children and families.

RSPB guides on birds and wildlife
Expert bird and wildlife knowledge, from bird guides and identifying tools, to wildlife articles and brilliant nature films.

Guide to Wildlife in Britain
Guide to wildlife, plants and wildflowers, birds and animals, insects and amphibians of the United Kingdom.

Nature of Britain: Calendar - OpenLearn
Each month, we bring the Nature Of Britain calendar to life...

British Wildlife - Wildlife Online
Articles, news and the natural history of many wildlife species.

NBN Atlas
NBN Atlas is a free online tool hosting the UK's largest collection of biodiversity information enabling data to be shared, analysed and researched.

WildFiles - UK Safari
Discover what that bird, bug, animal, fungus, caterpillar, lichen, fish, plant, tree, gall, spider, monster or whatever thing you just found really is.

British wildlife recordings
Selection of sound recordings of all kinds of wildlife from around Britain from the Sound Archive's unrivalled natural sounds collection.

Record Wildlife Sightings - NBN
Get actively involved in recording wildlife, either in your own garden or when you are out and about enjoying the countryside.

UK Nature
An enthusiast's guide to the flora and fauna of the United Kingdom.

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Canada Goose Goslings
Canada Goose Goslings


Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel


Carp by Jeff Jones from FreeImages


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Lily Beetle
Lily Beetle


Snail by miki kucevic from FreeImages


Grass Spider
Grass Spider

Latest Wildlife News

  • Fears for wildlife recovery after bushfires as coronavirus crisis stymies scientists’ fieldwork

    Monitoring work suspended due to restrictions on travel and physical contact, in a blow for research into threatened species Scientists are being forced to shut down or scale back fieldwork to assess the impact of last summer’s devastating bushfires on threatened species amid the coronavirus crisis, prompting concerns it could affect wildlife recovery.Several […]

  • Rescuing the Great Barrier Reef: how much can be saved, and how can we do it?

    As global heating makes coral bleaching a regular event, scientists are urgently seeking ways to help the world’s biggest reef surviveWhen coral scientist Dr Zoe Richards left the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island in late January, she was feeling optimistic.Richards is a taxonomist. Since 2011 she has recorded and monitored 245 coral species at 14 locations around […]

  • Grouse shoots scrapped as heather burning is banned on moors

    Torching heather, popular with gamekeepers but bad for the environment, is now outlawed in several upland areas of northern EnglandThe controversial practice of setting heather-covered moorland on fire – often carried out by gamekeepers to create more attractive habitats for grouse – is now banned on more than 30 major tracts of land in northern England. Three […]

  • Campaigner Craig Bennett joins The Wildlife Trusts at a critical time

    New leader joins UK’s much-loved force for nature as charities wrestle with pandemic fallout

  • Crossbreeding corals: the hunt for ways to heal the Great Barrier Reef

    Scientists, farmers and volunteers are looking for ways to lessen the impact of climate change as experts warn a third mass bleaching has taken placePhotographs by Jonas GratzerOne of the dive instructors points out two blacktip reef sharks circling a docile green turtle busy grazing on algae. Stingrays of various sizes, colours and shapes pass beneath us. Suddenly, a pod of […]

  • Stinkbug invasion in Turkey threatens world hazelnut supplies

    Scientists race to halt spread of pungent insect species after it sweeps eight citiesThe world’s hazelnut supplies could be threatened by a stinkbug that has recently invaded Turkey, scientists have warned.The brown marmorated stinkbug, which is native to north-east Asia, has been spreading across the world in shipping containers, breeding freely thanks to warmer […]

  • Naturalists flock to Chris Packham's DIY 'Springwatch' on Facebook

    The presenter’s daily Self-Isolating Bird Club draws on wildlife footage caught by enthusiasts on mobile phones in their gardens. Packham calls it ‘Dad’s Army makes TV’Lockdown day 10 in south-east London. A loud rhythmic tweeting is emanating from the cherry plum tree in my back garden. A great tit? Blue tit? I catch a glimpse; too small for a great […]

  • The week in wildlife – in pictures

    The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a veiled chameleon and other animals enjoying the quieter streets Continue reading...

  • HS2 wood clearance to go ahead as Chris Packham legal bid fails

    High court has decided there was ‘no real prospect of success’ for judicial reviewThe clearing of ancient woods for HS2 is to proceed this month after the high court refused an emergency injunction and judicial review of the government’s decision to proceed with the high-speed railway.HS2’s felling of woodlands in spring when birds are nesting has been […]

  • High Court decision on HS2 does not deliver for wildlife

    The Wildlife Trusts are saddened to hear today’s High Court decision to allow HS2’s enabling and clearing work to continue. The risk these construction works place on irreplaceable habitat is wholly unacceptable, particularly within the context of the nature and climate emergency we face.

  • Edible insects set to be approved by EU in 'breakthrough moment'

    Food safety agency’s decision could put mealworms, locusts and baby crickets on menus It is being billed as the long-awaited breakthrough moment in European gastronomy for mealworm burgers, locust aperitifs and cricket granola.Within weeks the EU’s European Food Safety Authority is expected by the insect industry to endorse whole or ground mealworms, lesser […]

  • Country diary: carrion crows construct their high-rise abode

    Langstone, Hampshire: The pair get to work high in the canopy, preparing their nest and seeing off predatorsSpurred into action by the spring sunshine, our resident carrion crows have one thing on their minds. Just as they’ve done for the past five years, this pair have begun to build on the foundations of last year’s nest, high in the crown of a statuesque oak […]

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