UK Species

Around 70,000 species of animals, plants, fungi and single-celled organisms are found in the UK.

We are working on bringing all of the standard reference names for all species of flora and fauna in the UK, together in one place.

  • Otter Lutra lutra
    Search for a UK species

    Are you interested in finding a particular species found in the UK? You can search our inventory using either a scientific name or a common name.

  • Oak tree
    Browse for a UK species

    Browse an expandable tree of UK taxa, arranged using scientific classification, from kingdom down to infraspecies.

  • The great yellow bee Bombus distinguendus
    Search checklists

    The UK species inventory contains lists of particular taxonomic groups, compiled by specialists, together with more general lists covering legislation and conservation status. If for example you are interested in finding a list of protected species or UK butterflies why not search our checklists?

  • leucorrhinia-albifrons

    Are there terms you do not understand?  Why not check out the list of definitions used in the of UK species inventory found in the glossary.

  • Common toad Bufo bufo
    About the UK species inventory

    The UK species inventory aims to compile the names of all UK species from a series of comprehensive and authoritative checklists. Discover more about the scope of the inventory project, how to use the database and the terms and conditions of use.

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Contact us 

UK Species inventory project,
Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000