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

ID Guides

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

Go to Butterfly Conservation’s identification pages

Identify a moth

Go to Butterfly Conservation’s moth identification pages

Identification Guides from Buglife

Pollinator and bug identification guides

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

Takes you to the ID signpost from Tomorrow’s Biodiveristy (Tom.bio) project

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

The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds