Resources

A list of UK entomological societies, websites and equipment suppliers.

Amateur Entomologists’ Society one of the UK‘s leading organisations for people interested in insects.

Association of Local Environmental Record Centres (ALERC) A central body that represents the LERCs – you can find your regional record centre through their site.

Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS) the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland.

British Arachnological Society Britain’s only charity devoted exclusively to the study and understanding of arachnids.

British Bugs Online identification guide to UK Hemiptera with links to various recording schemes.

British Isles Neuropterida Recording Scheme Provides information, images and identification aids for the 82 species within the orders: Neuroptera, Megaloptera, Raphidioptera and Mecoptera which inhabit the British Isles.

British Dragonfly Society Charity that carries out and supports research on dragonflies, conserve dragonflies and engage the public with dragonflies and their wetland habitats. 

British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS) Promotes and advances research in entomology with an increasing emphasis now being placed on the conservation of the fauna and flora of the United Kingdom and the protection of wildlife throughout the world.

British Myriapod and Isopod Group Promotes the study of millipedes, centipedes and woodlice in Britain and Ireland. Provides identification and recording resources.

Buglife Charity that aims to halt the extinction of invertebrate species and achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates.

Butterfly Conservation Charity working to conserve of butterflies, moths and the environment. ID resources and information on recording schemes.

Dipterists Forum Primarily concerned with fostering the study of Diptera, and promoting the conservation of Diptera.

Earthworm Society of Britain Aims to promote and support scientific research so that earthworms and their environment can be better understood. Resources for ID and recording.

Greenspace Information for Greater London (GIGL) Environmental records centre for London.

iRecord Site developed for recording wildlife sightings with verifications provided by experts. Commonly used by various recording schemes.

iSpot Online community of experts and amateurs helping to ID any species from a photo and some habitat information.

Field Studies Council An environmental education charity offering courses in entomological identification. 

National Biodiversity Network Atlas (NBN Atlas) Open access online tool that provides access to multiple sources of information about UK species and habitats.

Natural History Museum A world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. With the oldest and most important entomology collection in the world of over 34 million insects and arachnids.

Orthoptera Recording Scheme Species checklists and information on recording Grasshoppers and related insects.

Royal Entomological Society The Society’s aim is to improve and disseminate knowledge of and about insect science.

UK Beetle Recording Information about beetles and links to various recording schemes.