Terrestrial invertebrate survey methods and ID guides - Beginners’ catalogue

A green thick-legged flower beetle on a pink flower

Thick-legged flower beetle (Oedemera nobilis) © Ingeborg van Leeuwen, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr

Invertebrates are the foundation of healthy, functioning ecosystems.

This catalogue contains a range of useful identification resources and some survey methodologies for recording invertebrates.

These can help you see how well your green space is providing for invertebrates, and perhaps help you decide how to improve the habitat for them.

Download the full catalogue (PDF 1.8MB), or read the highlights below.

Nature Recording Hub

Discover how to record the wildlife in your urban environment.

Terrestrial invertebrate survey methods and ID guides - Beginners’ catalogue

Download the full list of terrestrial invertebrate surveys and ID guides

Highlighted surveys

Nature Overheard

Natural History Museum

Nature Overheard is the Museum’s new mass community science project which is investigating the impact of noise pollution on insects near roads.

Pick a street or road to survey, record audio for five minutes and carry out a short insect survey.

When: spring through to autumn

Equipment: The survey instruction booklet and recording form, a smartphone or another device capable of recording audio.

Flower-Insect Timed Counts

UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme

Carry out a 10 minute count of the number of pollinators visiting a flower from a list of 14 target flowers.

Survey guidance and forms are provided and you can upload your results through the website or the app.

When: The survey can be done in good weather any time between between April and September.

Equipment: Some 50cm long sticks (or similar) and the survey forms.

National Moth Recording Scheme

Butterfly Conservation

Submit and records of moths, including life cycle stages (such as caterpillars) through the recording scheme.