ID Resource Signpost

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Title Description Author(s)sort descending Free Availability
BTO Bird ID - Pigeons Not all pigeons are Woodpigeons - honest! BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Redwing and Fieldfare These two winter thrushes are easily told from each other. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - cuckoo Cuckoos are well-known birds, but their distinctive and eagerly awaited song can be confused with several other species. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Adult black-backed gulls On paper Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls are straightforward to separate but, in reality, many of us struggle - espe BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Goldcrest & Firecrest The tiny Goldcrest, is a common year-round bird, found mainly in woodland and gardens. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO bird ID video - ringed plovers A handsome little wader, with dapper plumage, runs along in front of you, pausing to daintily pick up morsels of food as BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Iceland and Glaucous Gulls This identification video tackles the difficult pair of gulls, Iceland and Glaucous. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO bird ID video - yellow coloured wagtails 
 When is a yellow wagtail not a Yellow Wagtail? BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Grey & Golden Plovers Can you tell the silver from the gold? BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO bird ID videos - dabbling ducks Ducks are usually easy to identify, but the females can be more challenging. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID - Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser Identifying the two large sawbills, Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser, can be pretty straight-forward when confronted BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO bird ID video - godwits Godwits are large, elegant waders and relatively common in the right habitats at certain times of year. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Small Breeding Grebes Small grebes in summer are gloriously-coloured birds, but two of the three species are unfamiliar to most. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Goshawk and Sparrowhawk All birders, whatever their skill level and experience, will struggle on occasion with separating Sparrowhawk and Goshaw BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO bird ID video - peregrines A truly iconic species, tales of Peregrine stoop speeds and its claim to be the fastest bird on Earth are familiar, but BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Wild Swans Every winter thousands of Whooper Swans from Iceland and Bewick’s Swans from Arctic Russia migrate into UK and Ireland t BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Skuas Identifying skuas passing offshore in late summer is one of the great challenges of bird ID. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Cattle Egret A white heron in the UK is likely to be a Little or Great White Egret. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Common and Jack Snipe A stocky brown bird rockets up from just in front of your feet, but is it a Common Snipe, or its rarer relative Jack Sni BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Great & Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers Are you unsure of the identity of a black and white woodpecker coming to your garden feeder? BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Cormorant and Shag A black, reptilian-looking bird swims by low to the water - but is it a Cormorant or a Shag? BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Little Egret and Great White Egret 25 years ago the sighting of any White Heron in the UK would have been greeted with excitement. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Wood and Green Sandpipers In this BTO identification film we look at the tricky pairing of Wood and Green Sandpipers. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Collared Dove & Turtle Dove Collared Dove is one of our most familiar species, despite only arriving naturally in the country relatively recently, b BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Green finches in your garden Not all green finches are Greenfinches! BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Hobby & Kestrel A sudden view of an elegant falcon in summer, but is it a Hobby or Kestrel? BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Common shanks Redshank are common, familiar (and very noisy) waders found, year-round, on our coastal habitats as well as inland durin BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Skylark & Woodlark Lauded by poets for their wonderful, uplifting song, larks are rather nondescript birds when seen. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Hirundines and Swift With their swept back wings and aerial lifestyle hirundines (Swallow, Sand and House Martins) and the similar, but unrel BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID - Grey Harriers Harriers are stunning, lithe and elegant birds of prey. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Common sparrows & Reed Bunting Sparrows are not just sparrows - are they House Sparrows or Tree Sparrows? BTO Yes Online View Edit
Taking a look at terns video: Common and Arctic Tern This short film takes you through the differences between common and arctic terns. BTO Yes Online View Edit
Getting to grips with warblers: Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat In the fourth of our series of videos aimed at helping with the tricky task of identifying warblers, we take a look at W BTO Yes Online View Edit
Grey Geese ID video Guide This short film gives a guide to the different grey goose species. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - diving ducks Dabbling ducks are so familiar, but there is also a group of common ducks that actively dive on freshwater for food. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Kittiwake and Other Small Gulls Young Kittiwakes have a distinctive wing pattern, but several sought-after rarer species have similar markings - how can BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Grouse Grouse are classic birds of upland and wild habitats. BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Winter Auks Summer Auks, in breeding plumage, at the shore or near to their colonies are relatively easy to identify. BTO Yes Online View Edit
Sorting Short-eared and Long-eared Owls As difficult species go, the Long and Short-eared Owl pairing are amongst the most challenging to identify, especially i BTO Yes Online View Edit
BTO Bird ID video - Small black-headed gulls A hooded gull in summer is likely to be the ubiquitous Black-headed Gull, but there are a couple of other species that s BTO Yes Online View Edit
Telling apart Marsh and Willow Tits Of the more common species in the UK, Marsh and Willow Tit probably present one of the more difficult ID challenges. BTO Yes Online View Edit
Garden bumblebees - how to recognise and record them A guide to enable you to identify and record the bumblebees that you see using your garden. BTO and Bumblebee Conservation Trust Yes Online, PDF View Edit
Guide to bees of Britain Produced in partnership with Buglife, this 8-page chart shows 28 species of bee, most of which can commonly be seen flyi Buglife, O'Toole & Shields No Publication View Edit
A guide to British mammal tracks and signs Many British mammals are shy or nocturnal, which makes them difficult to see. Bullion No Publication View Edit
Guide to Common Bumblebees Quick pdf guide to the common species of bumblebee Bumblebee Conservation Trust Yes PDF View Edit
Identify a butterfly Website containing photos and simple key based on colour, size and markings. Butterfly Conservation Yes Online View Edit
MAKAQueS Comprehensive electronic multiaccess key to the vascular plants of the British Isles, available for desktop computers an C J Dixon No App View Edit
BSBI Handbook No 8 Pondweeds of Great Britain and Ireland A substantial guide to the British species of Potamogeton, Groenlandia and Ruppia, with an excellent introductory sectio C. D. Preston No Publication View Edit
RES Handbook Vol 4 Part 8a. Coleoptera. Staphylinidae. Section (a) Piestinae to Euaesthetinae THE family Staphylinidae contains in the British Isles about 950 species, that is to say about one-quarter of the total C. E. Tottenham Yes Online, PDF View Edit
Hybrid Flora of the British Isles This book provides detailed accounts of the 909 hybrids reliably recorded in the wild in the British Isles. C.A. Stace, C.D. Preston & D.A. Pearman No Publication View Edit

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