Ecology Resources

The Wildlife Trust Monitoring & ResearchMusk Beetle (Aromia moschata) Photo Brian Eversham

Updated illustrated British Slugs & Land Snails keys now available, please see below

We actively encourage naturalists to record on our reserves and are keen to support any activities that add to our understanding of sites and species. Please get in touch if you are interested in recording on our reserves.

Identification Keys

Getting to grips with a full range of species in many taxonomic groups can seem a daunting prospect to the beginner. But here in our three counties where we have no coasts or uplands or different climatic zones to worry about it is often possible to reduce the choice of species to a more manageable number. This is the philosophy behind many of the identification keys provided here. The local checklists will tell you what species are known to occur in this area and how common or rare they are here.

We are happy for these resources to be:

  • copied for personal use
  • used for teaching purposes by other organisations and individuals

The Learning about plants factsheet was produced to help those living within our area and with an interest in vascular plants to learn more by attending courses, joining societies and groups and by attending field meetings.

Comments and suggestions for improvements are welcome. Each item carries an email address for the author or manager of the resource to whom comments should be sent.

General questions or comments should be emailed to

Please click on the relevant link below to download the pdf file required.

Fungi and lower plantsHypogymnia physodes by Brian Eversham

Common lichens key

Common lichens checklist

Heathland lichen (Cladonia) key

Lichens on willow key

Vascular (higher) plants      Carex acuta by Brian Eversham

Aquatic plants checklist

Ferns in woodland key

Ferns & horsetails checklist

Ferns on walls key

Horsetails key

Rushes and wood-rushes checklist

Sedge family checklist

Umbellifers checklist

Willows and osiers key

Willows and osiers checklist                          

Yellow ligulate composites key

Invertebrates                                   Great green bush cricket by Henry Stanier

Ants key

Beetle family key

British Slugs key

Dragonfly exuviae topic sheet

Grasshoppers and bush-crickets key

Grasshoppers and bush-crickets checklist

Insect orders key

Land Snails key

Longhorn beetles key

Longhorn beetles checklist

Pond Snails key

Soldier beetles and allies key

Soldier beetles checklist

Water beetles wildlife profile

Water bugs checklist

Water bugs key

Water bugs wildlife profile

Vertebrates                                         Pipistrelle bat by Kim Taylor

Bat echolocation calls key

Bat identification guide

Bats wildlife profile

Introduction to local bats

Dormice wildlife profile

Other resources    Emperor dragonfly exuvia by Henry Stanier

Learning about plants factsheet