Identification guides and resources


Download our free resources to help you identify some common British plants and animals.


Hedgerow plants

An illustrated guide to common hedgerow plants.



You'll find duckweeds floating on the surface of many ponds and lakes.

Discover the six most common species found in the UK.


A guide to common seaweeds you can find on the British coast.

Record invasive marine species – Sealife Tracker app.


Bee Orchid

Discover Bee Orchids and their relatives, and help NHM scientists track the spread of this species.



A guide to eight common wall ferns that can be spotted around British towns and cities.


A simple guide to nine common lichens.

Advanced lichen key on the Key to Nature website

Orchard lichens and mosses

A moss commonly found in orchards

Guides to lichens and mosses commonly found in orchards, especially in the East of England.

Dragonflies and damselflies

A guide to the most common dragonflies and damselflies.


Aquatic invertebrates

Water boatman or water beetle? Identify the aquatic invertebrates living in your pond.

House spiders

Zebra jumping spider

Learn more about the different species that share our living spaces and what time of year you can find them.


  • Moth Tips 1 (PDF, 2.65MB) – how to trap and identify moths
  • Moth Tips 2 (PDF, 4.81MB) – a guide to common British moths
  • Moth Tips 3 (PDF, 3.25MB) – learn how to identify British and Irish micro-moth families

Common invertebrates



Sort your frogs from your toads with this helpful identification guide.

Classification – teacher pack

Aimed at Key Stage 3, this pack includes lesson plans to support the teaching of biological classification.

See also: New Zealand Flatworm 

Heathland field guide

Tree Pipit

A free guide to the reptiles, invertebrates, birds and plants that make their home in heathland.

Bats in flight

Brown Long-eared Bat

Key details to help you identify five of the most common species you can see in our skies.


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