Identification forums


Common frog, Rana temporaria

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
  • Clouded yellow butterfly
    Bug forum

    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.

  • Bladder wrack, Fucus vesiculosus
    On the seashore identification forum

    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?

  • Shepherd's crown echinoid, Micraster coranguinum (Leske)
    Fossils and rocks identification forum

    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.

  • Field vole bones from an owl pellet
    Bones, teeth and skulls identification forum

    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.

  • Common frog, Rana temporia
    All animal life identification forum

    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.

  • Silverfish, Lepisma saccharina
    Your habitat - home and garden species identification forum

    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.

  • Cowslips, Primula veris, in the wildlife garden at the Museum
    Plant identification forum

    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.

  • Vegetation from La Amistad Binational Park in Central America
    Foreign finds identification forum

    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.

Latest posts in the identification forums

  • Re: Whale vertebra

    Welcome to natureplus. This is a lumbar vertebra from a beaked whale. Ths typical features of a beak...
    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:59:25

  • Re: bone found on beach

    This is an ulna and radius from a large land mammal. In a horse the ulna (the bone that sticks out t...
    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:46:02

  • bone found on beach

    hi i was out walking down the beach this morning and my daughter found this bone,it measures about 1...
    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:03:48

  • Whale vertebra

    Found on a hebridean beach. Any idea what species of whale?
    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:18:15

  • Rib bone ?

    Is this a rib bone and can anyone identify what animal it belongs to?  Found on a Scottish bea...
    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:11:58

  • Re: Please help

    It is not a rock, it is slag glass. This stuff was- and still is a waste product from smelting ...
    Thu, 01 Jan 2015 10:27:59

  • Cattle Leg Bone ID

    Hello, about 15 years ago, i found this big old bone in a ploughed field in Nottinghamshire, UK.I've...
    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:14:38

  • Horsefly Identification

    I photographed the attached Horsefly at Whixall Moss on a trip there in 2009, (Date 19th July). Can ...
    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:04:16

Identification experts

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.