Some of these appear more authoritative than others - but they are not always the easiest ones to use! Beware of purely photographic identification, because individual examples vary - sometimes considerably - and photographs do not always show crucial ID features. Unless you are dealing with a really authoritative site there may also be miss-identifications. Check everything via multiple sources seems to be a good rule. None of these probably substitute for knowing your way around a respected field guide in the form of a book - but how many books could you carry?
- Amateur Entomological Society
- Arachnological Society of the UK Photo-gallery see also:
- Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland ("Botanical Keys")
- British Conchological Society - for help with mollusc identification.
- British Dragonfly Society (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
- Butterfly Conservation has an identification section for butterflies and moths.
- Forestry Commission "Tree Name Trail". This is a systematic method of tree identification based on leaf shapes. See also The Woodland Trust Guide to Trees for a different approach.
- iSpot - community identification website, setup and supported by the Open University as a "Citizen Science" initiative. Post photographs and descriptions and other participants will help with ID.
- Nature Spot contains a large number of species galleries (though the site is specifically intended for recording wildlife observations in Rutland and Leicestershire) - the site contains material that MWWG can learn from.
- OPAL is a Citizen Science initiative supported by a consortium of UK universities (led by Imperial College). It aims to encourage ordinary people to get involve in surveys supporting the work of UK scientists. The site contains a number of basic ID guides.
- UK Butterflies
- UK Moths
- wildflowerfinder.org.uk/ seems to be a single enthusiast's lifework - but it does have a number of ways of searching for ids and may be useful in combination with other sources.
- The Woodland Trust Guide to Trees. A pictorial guide to trees (native and non-native) that you may find growing in the British countryside. See also the Forestry Commission "Tree Name Trail" for a more systematic method of identification based on leaf shapes.
Please contribute your favourite identification websites.