Identification guides and keys

There are thousands of species of wildlife in the UK and many of them can be seen in your garden, local park or nearby woodland. Follow the Museum's easy-to-use guides to help identify the plants and creatures you find.

  • Trees around a lake in a park
    Identify trees

    Identify your trees with the help of our interactive key, factsheets on the most common UK trees, and other guidance.

  • Leafsnap UK tree identification app for iPhone
    Leafsnap UK app

    Our free app for iPhone, Leafsnap UK, offers leaf recognition technology and high-resolution images to help you identify 156 UK tree species.

  • A bumblebee, Bombus sp., collecting nectar from a flower
    British bumblebee identification guide

    This easy-to-use key will help you identify British bumblebees by looking at their colour patterns.

  • Lichens

    Explore the amazing diversity of lichens and find out why they are the canaries of the fungal world.

  • British earthworms
    Identify British earthworms

    Familiarise yourself with the common British earthworm species - their characteristics, what they eat and where they live.

  • Hybrid (non-native) bluebells with creamy-blue pollen but no trace of a blue colour in the anthers
    Identify your bluebells

    Find out whether your bluebells are native bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, or non-native species, by looking at the colour of the pollen and the shape of the flower.

  • Walking with woodlice
    Woodlouse identification key

    This simple key will help you to identify the woodlice that you are most likely to find.

  • Common frog, Rana temporaria
    Identification forums

    Have you found a fossil on the seashore or a spider in your bathroom and you don't know what it is? Our experts can help - just ask them a question in the forum.