Identify wildlife

From the call of a bird to prints in the snow, a fluttering feather to fragments of shell. Woods are brimming with the sights and sounds of wildlife.

Credit: John Bridges / WTML
Credit: John Bridges / WTML

How do you identify species? Get our top ID tips on UK animals and plants, from insects and spiders to birds, bees and trees.

Birds

Mammals

Tracks and prints

Amphibians

Invertebrates

Trees and shrubs

Plants and fungi

Trees woods and wildlife

Woodland wildlife

The UK's native woods and trees support a great diversity of living organisms. Our species guides explore the wildlife that depends on woodland, from plants and fungi to mammals, birds, bees and beetles.

Discover woodland species

Get more ID tips with our swatch books

Two girls identifying leaves with a leaf swatch book

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