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:
Webcam links: some work only in the breeding season
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:
- –New Zealand flatworm eats our native earthworms
- –Harlequin ladybird see also ladybird survey, above
- –Giant hogweed this can give you a nasty skin rash, particularly in combination with bright sunlight
- –Japanese knotweed do not compost this. See a committee member for advice on disposal
Wild about Britain Wide ranging, including sections on astronomy, fungi, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, with plenty of photographs.
Mammal fact sheetscan be obtained, free, from the Mammal Society website.
Pond life: a site that uses an identification key