Go forth and identify

Find out how to identify amphibians such as this Great Crested Newt

Learn to identify local wildlife with the many guides and keys now available on the OPAL site.

From trees and duckweeds to damselflies and amphibians, the new identification section on the OPAL website offers a growing collection of resources to help aspiring biologists of all ages put a name to local wildlife.

Many of the identification guides have been produced by OPAL for our popular national surveys. Covering common plants and animals from lichens to earthworms, the easy-to-follow guides all have clear photo examples.

As well as the survey guides, you’ll also find links to other useful identification resources such as the Natural History Museum’s bug gallery and forums.

New identification guides will be added over the coming weeks and months, so be sure to check back regularly.

Interested in improving your identification skills?

OPAL organises free beginner courses in identifying common birds, moths, plants, insects and other wildlife.

All upcoming courses are listed on our events calendar. We hope to see you on one soon.