Are you looking for help to identify your discoveries in the Big Brum BioBlitz?
Our Big Brum BioBlitz volunteer, Howard, has done the hard work for you and put together his top websites for identification and tips on how to use them.
The Woodland Trust
This website provides a guide to wildlife such as butterflies, trees, mushrooms, insects, and frogs. There are a series of blogs about wildlife; scroll down the page for these. To view a blog, simply move your mouse over the title of it and click on it. The blogs provide information about a variety of types of wildlife, and how you can tell them apart from other, similar types; for example, how to tell the difference between frogs and toads.
To make things nice and easy the blogs are split into several categories: for example, “birds”, “mammals” and “invertebrates”, and the titles of the categories are shown above the blogs. So, all you need to do is click on the title and the webpage will navigate to them.
This website provides a list of the types of wildlife that are found in the UK, such as red deer and badgers. The wildlife are all classified based on their conservation status, such as “least concern” and “vulnerable”. By clicking “filter”, you can display results for wildlife based on a specific status and it gives you a great insight into which species we need to protect.
If you move the mouse over “British Animals”, a drop down menu will appear, displaying different categories of wildlife, such as “birds” and “amphibians and reptiles”. You can then click these to discover a list of the species that live in Britain. The site gives excellent detail on each animal such as, it’s habitat, diet, lifespan and the best time of year to look out for them.
To find out more information about animals such as “12 interesting facts about Pine Martins,” click on the navigation button “blog”, then select “animal facts” from the drop-down menu. You will be an expert in no time!
This site provides “spotting sheets” to help with identifying wildlife. To view a spotting sheet, click on the title, which is in the blue box, and the sheets are ready to be downloaded. The sheets show photos of types of British wildlife, such as frogs, toads, bees, fungi and mice, and their names. The sheets are arranged into different categories based on the types of wildlife they show; for example, frogs, toads, and newts are included in the “amphibian detective” sheet.
There is still more to discover on this website! They have a range of other activities guides to get involved with such as “How to make compost” or “Grow a wild garden.” You can also get creative with your Big Brum BioBlitz, there are plenty of craft and colouring in ideas for you as well.
The Wildlife Trust
This link takes you to the “Wildlife identification” page on the Wildlife Trust’s official website. It provides a series of guides to British wildlife, such as snakes, birds of prey, butterflies, and garden birds; scroll down the page to see these.
To view a wildlife guide, click on the “identify” button at the front of it; this will take you to a page with information about that type of wildlife and tips for recognising them. You can also view photos of different type of wildlife in each guide; these give their names, and descriptions of them, and when and where you are likely to see them.
There are also guides to things such as animal tracks. These guides provides photos and descriptions of animal tracks, droppings, etc.
This link takes you to a series of wildlife guides on the RSPB’s official website. These include guides to birds, insects and invertebrates and mammals. To view all of the guides, click on the “all wildlife guides” button, which is above the “wildlife in your garden guide”; this will take you to a page with links to all of the guides and you just need to simply click “read more” and it will open.
Need help to identify a bird seen on your Big Brum BioBlitz? In the “identify a bird” guide, you can find a certain type of bird using the filters on the left hand side to narrow down your search e.g. “what colour were its feathers?”. To select a filter, simply click on it, and it will provide you with a range of options. Click on the option which applies to the bird you have seen, and then select “apply”. This will provide you with a series of birds that match your search.
And it’s not just birds, for help with recognising other types of wildlife, simply click “read more” under “other garden wildlife”. This will provide you with a series of guides to animals that may use your garden, such as amphibians and reptiles, and worms, slugs, and spiders. To view a guide, simply click on its title, and it will open. This will take you to a list of wildlife belonging to the group you have selected e.g. insects. To view a particular category, click on “read more”; this will take you to specific kinds of wildlife in this category. Click “read more” under a particular type of wildlife to view information about it, such as where and when to see them.
So, there are Howard’s top sites to help with your #BigBrumBioBlitz and how to use them. Have fun exploring and don’t forget to share your discoveries, we would love to see them! Share them with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @thinktankmuseum #BigBrumBioBlitz