Garden Biodiversity

Recording the impressive array of life within a small garden

View the wildlife in our galleries

Welcome to our Image Gallery. The shop window for all, well most, of the wildlife we record in the Garden. We say most because some species don’t like to have their photograph taken. Thankfully the majority don’t seem to mind and here you will find some nice and not so nice, good and not so good pictures of the Gardens wildlife.

Viewing the above galleries is a good way to find something you are looking for based on appearance and a little knowledge. However if you know the name of the species in question you can check to see if it has been recorded in the Wildlife Garden by visiting our species list page…

Both the species list page and our galleries have organised/grouped species in accordance with well used classification systems. To view a little more information on these systems please click on the button below…

Why have a Gallery

If you are planning your own project similar to ours, and attempting to record the wildlife in your garden, then initially a simple list may be sufficient as you log all the common wildlife you see. Over time and with some trawling through field guides and the internet you are likely to begin recording less frequent or more obscure species and it is at this stage an image gallery will start to become an asset.

As more and more species are recorded throughout the year/s, it’s easy to forget their names and having your own reference library, and it must be said having this available online or on a mobile device, can act as a quick identification guide.

If and how you group your species within a gallery is entirely up to you. You could organise flowers by colour, insects by general appearance, such as Bee-Wasp like or Beetle-Bug like. This is fine but you may find you are soon placing certain flies like hoverflies in with the bees. We recommend for a fuller understanding of what you record in your garden, and how it relates to other wildlife you find, that you follow a system of classification to organise your species/images.

TIP: All species are likely to be found on Wikipedia, and here too you will quickly find in the top right hand corner how each species is classified. Hence organising your species ‘scientifically’ is not especially difficult. Although scientists it turns out don’t always agree and often review what belongs where when they start looking more closely at each species. Thankfully most garden species are well understood and their classification agreed upon, so it’s not usually a problem.