Nature guides

CAN you recognise the different types of butterflies, bees and birds pictured below?

Use these handy guides from organisations like the Woodland Trust, Wildlife Trusts and Butterfly Conservation to see which ones you can find locally and let us know of any other guides, quizzes or pictures we can add to this page.

You can also check out a number of Beyonder articles about Adders, Ants, Bees, Butterflies, Birds, Corvids, Fungi, Pigeons, Red Kites, Spiders and Squirrels!

To start you off, here’s a clever picture quiz about bird names. How many can you work out? (Answers at the bottom of the page…)


ON SONG: a wood warbler captured by photographer and naturalist Tim Melling

PICKING out the identities of birds from their song takes a bit of practice – and environmental campaigner and wildlife blogger Mark Avery, who worked for the RSPB for 25 years, has compiled an awesome collection of recordings introducing more than 50 species. Read more about Mark’s project here, along with a list of his birdsong blogs and recordings.


AROUND 88 per cent of kids say they like being in nature and 79 per cent wish they could spend more time there. Check out this book of things to do outdoors developed as part of the Discover the Forest campaign in America, a public service campaign created by the Ad Council in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

Or check out the activity sheets and family-friendly walks provided by the Chiltern Society and activity sheets produced by the Wildlife Trusts.

british nature guide

HERE’S a website with dozens of quizzes youngsters can use to test their knowledge of British wildlife – and this is Quiz 51 on the Colours of Nature, just to get you started! Answers at the bottom of the page.


THE more you know about the natural world, the more interesting a walk in the woods becomes. Use these handy spotters’ guides to start picking out wildflowers and wildlife that you come across.


CHECK out the Canal & River Trust and download their free guide.


FIND out more about how to recognise the most common birds, mammals and insects you are likely to find in your local countryside.


CHECK out Munching Caterpillars, a Butterfly Conservation education campaign aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of butterflies, moths and their caterpillars among young people and their families. Find their resources here.


THE City of London Corporation has plenty of ideas about how to make the most of its land at Stoke Common and Burnham Beeches…


Answers to Quiz 51: Row 1: Red Squirrel, Yellow-wort, Orange Swift, Green Hairstreak Row 2: Blue Shieldbug, Purple Hairstreak, ​Brown Hawker, Scarlet Pimpernel Row 3: Azure Damselfly,
Barred Yellow, Green Woodpecker, Orange Ladybird Row 4: Adonis Blue, Red-breasted Merganser, Orange Balsom, Meadow Brown