Bees, insects & arachnids
Specialist organisations, projects and resources with a focus on bees, insects and arachnids.
Journal and web resource for butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts – find out about latest sightings, get involved in recording in your local area & share information. Co-organisers of Moth Night in late summer.
Amateur Entomologists’ Society AES
Charity to promote the study of entomology (insects), especially amongst amateurs and the younger generation.
Great spider resource – spiders in art & culture, spider toolkit, spider life cycles and tons more – global coverage (not just Aus.).
British Arachnological Society BAS
‘Britain’s only charity devoted exclusively to the study and understanding of arachnids.’ Collection of videos for making a pooter, gathering & keeping spiders etc. Free factsheets on common British spiders.
British Beekeepers Association
Promoting the craft of beekeeping & advancing the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. Learning resource ‘builds on the Bees in the Curriculum Schools Pack’ plus bees for kids section.
British Dragonfly Society
Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats. ID help, app for recording sightings, info on dragonflies & damselflies, and loads more.
British Entomological & Natural History Society
For the promotion and advancement of research in entomology (study of insects). Events, ID help, gallery and Code of Conduct for Collecting Insects & other Invertebrates.
Photographing and recording all the leaf mining fauna which occur in Britain, which includes Coleoptera (beetles), Diptera (flies), Hymenoptera (sawflies) and Lepidoptera (moths).
For young entomologists – events, magazine, fact files & guides to keeping bugs as pets, & Bug Club for Schools. From the Amateur Entomologists’ Society.
Bug Count Survey
'The objective of the OPAL Bugs Count Survey was to investigate the effect of urbanisation and habitat characteristics on the abundance of 16 broad invertebrate groupings, such as snails, earthworms, butterflies and moths, and centipedes.' Booklet to do your own survey, and ID guides, available.
“Saving the small things that run the planet.” Tons of info including nice ‘bug of the month’ feature and Young Buglife section with resources for schools, bug makes & activities.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Raising awareness, researching and conserving bees. Loads of bee info! Bumble Kids section with facts, activities and ID tips.
For the conservation of butterflies, moths and our environment. ID guides and A-Zs, and why they are important.
BWARS Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society
National society dedicated to studying & recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland. ID help and lots of information sheets to download.
Countryside Classroom: 23 Days of Bees
"A resource with a focus on bees that is buzzing with activities! There is information, art projects, crafts, honey tasting, music and more." Register for free to access this resource produced by LEAF Education.
First Nature: Insects
Photos, ID guides and details of food and habitat requirements for eight of the more common and interesting winged insect orders.
Learning About Insects on the Playground
A great entomology guide, with insect and bug facts and life cycles, and closer looks at ants, bees, beetles, and butterflies & moths. From PlaygroundEquipment.com
'Find expert advice and resources to help identify pollinators and make habitat and homes for them. Whether in a school or community space or even your back garden you can help protect pollinators too.' Pollination toolkit, teachers guide, case studies & more.
Royal Entomological Society
‘Plays a major national & international role in disseminating information about insects & improving communication between entomologists.’ Information, ID guides, insect-friendly gardens etc. Organisers of National Insect Week.
UK Crayfish Hub
‘Everything you need to know about our only native crayfish species, the White-clawed crayfish, its ecology, reasons for its decline, conservation projects and the latest scientific research.’ From Buglife.
UK Glow Worm Survey
Report sightings, find glow worm walks and discover lots of info about this little known British insect.
UK Ladybird Survey
ID and record your ladybird sightings, info on anatomy, habitats, etc plus Children’s Pages with fun facts, quiz & game.