Tools, resources and publications
On this page, we are bringing together ID Resources from across the NBN.
This page is in its early stages of development and will be added to over time. If you have resources that will fit in here or if you are aware of any that are not included, please do let us know.
Remember that iSpot is an invaluable resource if you need help with identification.
You will also find a comprehensive list of ID Resources on the following websites:
Takes you to the full flickr collection of Steven Falk
The images have copyright, as per usual flickr terms, but they can be used freely for research, education and amateur endeavours. If you wish to use them for commercial purposes please contact us.
Arachnida (spiders, harvestmen, scorpions, ticks etc). – Go to Steven Falk’s flickr collection
Molluscs (snails, slugs, bivalves etc.) – Go to Steven Falk’s flickr collection
Insects – Go to Steven Falk’s flickr collection
Amphibians – Go to Steven Falk’s flickr collection
Reptiles – Go to Steven Falk’s flickr collection
Mammals – Go to Steven Falk’s flickr collection
British habitats – Go to Steven Falk’s flickr collection
Acorn barnacles – Go to Ian Smith’s flickr collection
British Sea Snails – Go to Ian Smith’s flickr collection
Identify marine animals
Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles – An open access online identification guide to Marine bivalves found in British water from the intertidal to the abyss
MarLIN: Marine Life Information Network
Animals other than Shells – Liverpool Bay Marine Recording Partnership
Identify a butterfly
Identify a moth
Identification Guides from Buglife
Identification Guides from SEWBReC
General identification guides available on SEWBReCs YouTube channel (South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre)
Identification aids from the Field Studies Council
Takes you to the list of FSC fold out charts
Full-colour laminated charts designed for use outside. Over 70 titles in the series. Clear colour illustrations help you make a positive identification quickly. Small enough to take into the field
Takes you to the FSC AIDGAP guides
The aim of AIDGAP series is to produce accessible keys suitable for non-specialists from sixth-form age upwards
A crowd-sourced catalogue of ID resources for UK biological recorders which currently has over 550 entries. It’s fully searchable by taxonomic group, keyword as well as whether or not the resources are online
Identify Leaf and Stem mines of British Flies and other insects