Welcome to the Museum's identification forum where amateur naturalists and experts can ask questions about all aspects of UK biodiversity. You can share identification tips on UK plants, animals, rocks and minerals, and Museum experts will help to answer your queries and identify your specimens.
Whether you've found a strange looking insect in your garden, or uncovered a fossil on the beach, this is the place to find out more about it. Simply choose the relevant forum below and ask your question.Identification forums
Ask questions and share identification tips about all types of British bugs, from bees to beetles and wasps to woodlice. Museum insect-experts are on hand to answer your questions.
Discuss seashore life and ask the experts for help identifying your finds including seaweeds, crabs, shells and animal bones. What unusual life might you find?
Fossils are a key to finding out about species that lived in the past. If you find a rock or fossil you would like to know more about, post your question here and our experts may be able to help.
It can be quite a challenge to identify which part of the skeleton a bone belongs to, but our experts may be able to help. If you find a bone, tooth or skull then ask your question here.
Animal life is very diverse and includes everything from snails to snakes, elephants to echinoderms, badgers to bitterns, and squirrels to sun-stars. Ask Museum experts for help identifying them.
We share our homes, gardens and local areas with all sorts of creatures from the natural world. Find out what wildlife you could be living with and let us help you identify it.
Post your photos here and ask questions about British plants, from seaweeds to sundews and bluebells to bracken. Museum experts will help identify them for you.
Holidays or visits abroad bring new opportunities to observe nature, and to look for species you might not find at home. Tell us about the interesting creatures you discover outside the UK.
Here is one to compare https://www.flickr.com/photos/jrochester/13745428303/in/set-721576380172...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:50:31
Yes, it is the 'beak' of a porpoise skull.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:15
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:36:24
Thank you . Pleased ! As they are lots of them ! Was feeling slightly outnumbered !
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:22:45
These very common spiders, especially around widow frames, they are missing sector orb weavers (Zygi...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:12:05
Please could u tell me if these spiders are common outdoor spiders ? There are about 25 on my washin...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:34
Wow, that was fast! Thank you! Kinda gross little guy now I know about him but fascinating too :)
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:54:00
This is Creophilus maxillosus - AKA the Hairy Rove Beetle. Often seen running around on the carcases...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:47:17
A team of Museum scientists who run the Identification and Advisory Service will help to answer your identification queries. They work in the new Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity.
Their special interests include fossils, rocks, plants, insects and other creatures.