How To Identify Stoats And Weasels

The mustelids are a group of mammals which in the UK include badgers, otters, polecats, stoats and weasels. Of these the greatest problems with identification seem to be how to tell a weasel from a stoat and so I thought a few pointers may come in useful. Fortunately once you know the differences between these … Read more

The Difference Between Grasshoppers And Crickets

One of the perennial problems of naturalists is how to tell the difference between crickets and grasshoppers. Whilst superficially these two groups of insects seem almost identical with their long back legs, ability to jump long distances and habitat preferences when you actually “get your eye in” these two groups can be surprisingly easy to … Read more

Websites To Help You Identify British Butterflies

Whilst I love to see butterflies, I am far from an expert and so regularly find myself leafing through books and websites to learn more about a species I have seen recently. During my research I have come across a number of useful online resources for identifying British butterflies and their caterpillars and thought that … Read more

How To Identify Swallows, Swifts And House Martins

One of the perennial problems at this time of year is figuring out whether that bird that just flew overhead at the speed of light was a swallow, a swift or a house martin. But fortunately while these birds are all superficially similar, there are a range of differences between them that can make telling … Read more

How To Tell The Difference Between Great Tits, Blue Tits And Coal Tits

Whilst many tits are quite common birds in our parks and gardens it seems that due to the fact that they are all small and flighty there can be some confusion over their identification. Fortunately once you know what you are looking for it is reasonably easy to tell the difference between great tits, coal … Read more