For anyone interested in animals or plants on or around the plots, there are some good websites to help identify them and find out more about how they live and how they have evolved. These sites include web cams to look into birds’ nests, and surveys to participate in.

Wildlife surveys to take  part in:

  1. bbc snail survey
  2. watervole survey
  3. ladybird survey
  4. bluebell survey

Webcam links: some work only in the breeding season

  1. RSPB birdtables and nests
  2. Oxford swifts May-Aug, currently experiencing problems

General background information on wildlife

Natural History Museum: this website includes sections on evolution, biodiversity and climate change and is linked to the local natural history museum (Oxford University Natural History Museum, on South Parks Road).

Non-native species to look out for:

  1. New Zealand flatworm  eats our native earthworms
  2. Harlequin ladybird see also ladybird survey, above
  3. Giant hogweed this can give you a nasty skin rash, particularly in combination with bright sunlight
  4. Japanese knotweed do not compost this. See a committee member for advice on disposal


Identifying wildlife

Wild about Britain Wide ranging, including sections on astronomy, fungi, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, with plenty of photographs.

RSPB: includes recordings of birdsong and calls. Eg try theGreen woodpecker page.

Entomological society: otherwise known as theBUG CLUB. This site describes how to use a key to identify your mystery bug.

Mammal fact sheetscan be obtained, free, from the Mammal Society website.

Pond life:  a site that uses an identification key

Conservation Trusts

BBOWT: our local conservation trust. BBOWT owns lots of nature reserves that are well worth a visit. The website outlines where they are and what to look for.

Bat conservation