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Wildlife and Countryside Link

English Nature

Countryside Council for Wales

Scottish Natural Heritage


Environment Agency

British Association of Nature Conservationists

The Wildlife Trusts


International Otter Survival Fund

World Biodiversity

The Tree of Life Project the phylogenetic tree

The "ECOPORT" project - information, relationships, pictures and multimedia
"ECOPORT" Search page

The "ARKive" project - photos and video of rare and endangered species

"OINGO" Taxonomy map

Species 2000

General Natural History

Natural History Museum (London)
NHM's National Biodiversity Network page
National Biodiversity Network
National Biodiversity Network's UK Species Dictionary

Biological Records Centre (BRC)

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Automated Insect Identification Project (DAISY)

British Plant Gall Society

The Linnean Society

British Naturalists' Association (BNA)

BioMar Project - laying the foundation for Coastal Zone Management (and much more!)

Freshwater Biological Association

British Waterways

LineOne: British Wildlife Guide


Biological Stains and Their Use (mainly bot/zoo - not mycology)

UK Phenology Network

UK Weather Forecast (Met. Office)

Field Centres & Courses

Field Studies Council


Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI)

Wildflower Society

British Phycological Society

British Bryological Society

British Pteridological Society

Flora of Europe

Den Virtuella Floran

Reticule: wild flower identification

Andrew Gagg's Photoflora

Nigel Kendall's Wildflowers in Camera

Paul Nielsen's British Flora Gallery

The Wild Flower Page

Ancient Tree Forum

Aquatic and Wetland Plant Forum

British Society for Plant Pathology

Science and Plants for Schools

FloraLocale gives the lowdown on seed provenance for wildflower planting schemes

PostCode Plants recommends species for wildflower planting schemes in your area and soil type

Healthcare Reality Check Science-based Information on Alternative and Complementary Medicine


British Mycological Society

BMS (British Mycological Society) Fungal Records Database - check how many records there have been of your prize finds.

Fungus Images on the Net - index of 1600 pictures of fungi on the net. (Pictures in BioImages are not included, even though I sent a list.)

Marek Snowarski's Index of Fungus Images on the Net

A German site with lots of photos of fungi

JJ.Wuilbaut's Fungus Images

Kees Uljˇ's Coprinus Site

British Lichen Society

Association of British Fungus Groups


Bernard Picton's home page. Includes excellent sites on Nudibranchs (Sea Slugs) and Porifera (Sponges)

Bryozoans (marine)

Sea-shells and Diving

Crabs found in Belgian waters

Pandalidae found in Belgian waters

Woodlice Home Page

British Arachnological Society

Insects on WWW (links page)

AES (Amateur Entomologists' Society)

Learn about the planet's most diverse organisms

British Dragonfly Society

Dragonfly Ireland

Dragonflies of the Hampshire & Surrey Borders

Dragonflies and Damselflies in the UK

Atropos: Lepidoptera and Odonata

Lepidoptera and some other life forms Markku Savela's image library, checklists, distribution maps and insect/foodplant relationships (includes large collection of pictures of set moths)

P. Pakkanen's Butterfly and moth observations from Finland

Kimmo«s Lep Site, NBCi: Microlepidoptera Imagines, Macrolepidoptera Larvae

Captain's European Butterfly Guide

Butterfly Monitoring Scheme

Butterfly Conservation's Millennium Atlas

British Butterflies

Upper Thames Branch Of Butterfly Conservation (good range of Butterfly photos)

The horsechestnut leafminer Cameraria ohridella

Phyllonorycter leucographella - The Firethorn Leaf-miner
IMHO, this is what a web site should look like!

British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS)

Amateur Entomological Society

The Coleopterist - Photo Gallery

Fotogalerie Kafer - Photogallery of Beetles - Coleoptera

Roman REJZEK's Buprestidae and Carabus site

Key to Palearctic Flea Beetles

A Coleoptera Bibliography

Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Scheme (BWARS)

Introduction to Parasitic Wasps

The Diptera Site

Dipterists Forum

The Syrphidae Site

Hoverfly Recording Scheme

Mark van Veen's Diptera keys

Tachinidae (Diptera) Recording Group

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Malachological Society of London

Sea fishes of the North Sea

FishBase - fishes of the world

Waterproof Field Guide to Central European Amphibians


Mammal Society

Walker's Mammals of the World - online

BIOSONAR: Seeing with sound

Yorkshire Bats

Bat Conservation Trust

Bat Con

UK Batabase

Bat Ecology & Bioacoustic Lab - Bristol

Norfolk Bat Group



Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside, 2000 (BTO)

British Birds - Illustrated Guide

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Bird Links to the World


The Journal of Practical Ecology and Conservation

British Wildlife

Field Mycology

The Coleopterist

The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation

UK Statutory

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

Natural History-related Humour

"The Modern Entomologist"

Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature

Taylor Lockwood's Myco-Myst

Photography and Image Capture

Photozone (English)

Digital Camera News and Reviews: Digital Photography Review: Forums, Glossary, FAQ

The Imaging Resource

John Cowley's - Online Digital Photography Magazine


Aerial photos of the UK

Multimap - Online Maps to Everywhere

Streetmap - Online Maps

Map History / History of Cartography: THE Gateway to the Subject (old maps)

Historic Maps

NASA Earth Observatory: new images

Equipment Suppliers

InFocus (Binoculars)

Brunel Microscopes

Meiji Techno (Microscopes)

Anglian Lepidoptera Supplies"

The ALS "What Bulb Guide"

B & S Entomological Services (Insect nets - incorporating Marris House Nets)

Watkins & Doncaster (Field Equipment)

D.J. & D. Henshaw, 34, Rounton Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex. EN9 3AR. Tel: 01992-717663, email: Supplier of pins and other miscellaneous entomological and microscopy equipment.

Lydie Rigout. (Entomological Equipment)

Dave Walker's microscopy supplier list

"Tranquility" Bat Detector

Bat Detectors

Alana Ecology

Griffin & George - large supplier with enormous catalogue of laboratory equipment and chemicals.

Preservation Equipment Ltd (PEL) - a company specialising in the supply of archival materials including acid-free herbarium and label paper. (The following information is gleaned from their web-site and from their answers to my questions.)
PEL's Natural History products for a full listing of their products for our applications. The following look particularly relevant:
PEL's 75 gsm Perma/Dur Bond archival quality acid-free buffered paper eg for herbarium folders (counteracts acidity of plant material). Can be laser printed.
(MWS says:
People at museums tell me that good quality modern papers (eg Conqueror) are all acid free, so there's no need to go to the expense of buying special paper for insect specimen labels)
PEL's Resistall Paper for labels for "wet" natural history collections (those specimens stored in alcohol and formaldehyde) because of its ability to maintain dimensional stability even when wet. Can be laser printed. Not acid-free.
(MWS says:
1. Alcohol, and especially formaldehyde, oxidise to form acids, so you may want to consider buffering to combat this.
2. Resistall Paper is not cheap, but sizes other than A4 are available in smaller packs.)