Fungi, lichen and bryophyte survey methods and ID guides

A palmate newt swimming underwater

The lichen Ramalina fastigiata with the orange lichen Xanthoria parietina on old willow branch © Philip Goddard, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr

Looking for help identifying fungi, lichen or bryophytes that you've found?

We've gathered a selection identification guides, for both beginners and those with a little more experience. We've also catalogued some survey schemes that you can report your findings to.

Download the full list (PDF 1.7MB), or read the highlights below.

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Fungi, lichen and bryophyte survey methods and ID guides list

Download the full list of fungi, lichen and bryophyte surveys and ID guides


Nature's Calendar - Fungi

The Woodland Trust

Record your first sighting of a fly agaric fungus each year to help track the impact of climate change and weather on fungi.

When: autumn

Twenty common lichens

The British Lichen Society

An introduction to identifying and recording common lichen species. Includes links to downloadable ID guides and recording forms.

Your one stop shop for learning about bryophytes

British Bryological Society

A comprehensive guide showing you how to survey for amphibians. Includes a species ID guide.

This page includes links to several resources, including a guide to getting started in the study of bryophytes, a picture guide to some common bryophytes in a variety of habitats and a species finder.

The resources range from beginner to more expert level.