ID guide

Prickly snail, Acanthinula aculeata
Mild, damp nights are ideal for searching for slugs and snails. Here are 12 species to look for. 
Ash bark
Use this guide to help you identify 12 mostly common British trees.
Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum
Many late-summer flowers are now in seed. We have illustrated 12 distinctive forms to look for this October. 
toadstool or mushroom artwork
Autumn is when a variety of mushrooms are on show in British woodlands. Use our ID guide to try and spot these 12. 
Purple laver, Porphyra umbilicalis
Seaweeds require enough light to photosynthesise, so are most abundant in the intertidal zone – especially along rocky shores. Here are 12 for you to spot. 
Dog rose
Here are 12 familiar, and less familiar, wild fruits to look out for when in the countryside this autumn. 
Bean gall
Galls are abnormal growths caused when another organism interferes with a plant’s cells. We have illustrated 12 of the most curious and colourful galls to look for.
Willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Migrants in a range of plumages are now on the move. Here are the immatures of 12, mostly common, species to look for this September.
Knot grass moth
Here are 12 common UK species for you to look for with typical foodplants. Lengths quoted are maximum sizes of fully grown larvae.
Drakes lie low in their ‘eclipse’ plumage in midsummer. It can be tricky to identify moulting ducks, so here is our ID guide for 12 UK species. 
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