Have you found a strange bug or a new plant in your garden, or stumbled across an intriguing animal bone or fossil while out on a country walk? Let us help you find out more about it.
You can use our downloadable guides and mobile apps to identify UK plants and animals and learn more about them.
If you need more help, then our dedicated team at the Museum's Identification and Advisory Service can answer your queries about insects, fossils, plants and other wildlife and natural history specimens found in the UK.
If your business requires advice or an identification of an object from the natural world (such as an insect, tooth, pest ID or CITES identification etc.) please contact our commercial service.
A beginner's guide to the common groups of terrestrial invertebrates found in Britain. Covers insects and non-insect invertebrates separately.
Getting help from our experts
The Museum's Identification and Advisory Service can answer your queries about insects, fossils, plants and other wildlife and natural history specimens found in the UK.
You can contact them by email, phone, post, or in person at our Museum in London. Please include as much detail as possible about the specimen, including:
- A detailed description
- Where and when you saw it
- Its approximate size (including a common object, such as a coin, in any photo is helpful)
Email your images and detailed descriptions to:
- For life sciences, such as bugs, bones, and plants: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For earth sciences, such as meteorites, minerals, rocks and fossils: email@example.com
Or visit the service's Facebook page.
For other ways to contact the ID team, please visit the Centre for UK Biodiversity's page.
If your business has wildlife identification needs, please contact our commercial service.