Introduction to garden wildlife

This section will grow to be by far the largest part of our website.  It aims to give an introduction and guide - not to all the species found in gardens - but to all the major groups of species.  Some popular garden-living groups, such as butterflies, birds and bees, are well covered on the web, and we will not give much space to these, but instead provide links and guides to these already excellent sources.  There is a lot of information on garden wildlife in general on the RHS/Wildlife Trust website Wild about Gardens.  You can also find a list of useful books and leaflets on garden wildlife through our Finding out More page.

We will be concentrating here on the smaller and less charismatic fauna and flora of gardens, especially the insects, of which Dr Jennifer Owen found nearly 2,000 species in her modest Leicester garden. Her work allows us to estimate that more than 8,000 insect species may be encountered in gardens if you look hard enough and have access to professional help in identifying species.

As we launch this second phase of our website, we have a lot of material nearly ready to publish, and in the next months this section will start to build rapidly.  We will need to devise simple guides to the complexity of the different insect groups, and find suitable pictures to illustrate the adult insects and their life cycles.

This is where you can help!

We have listed below the list of pages on garden wildlife we plan to include.  Thanks to hard work by Andrew Halstead, we have draft texts for pretty much all the invertebrate pages, and with help from our partner organisations, many texts for other groups too.  These are shown in green However, we need pictures!

If you have good photographs, especially of the more obscure insect and invertebrate groups, and their younger stages, ideally with the correct name of the creature concerned, we would be delighted to receive and use them (with due acknowledgement of authorship) on this site.   Please contact us using the Website comments, photos or offers of help form if you may be able to help with photos or drawings, or even video clips and sound recordings!

Pages we plan to include:

Insects and other invertebrates                                                                Other groups


Introduction to garden wildlife

This section will grow to be by far the largest part of our website.  It aims to give an introduction and guide - not to all the species found in gardens - but to all the major groups of species.  Some popular garden-living groups, such as butterflies, birds and bees, are well covered on the web, and we will not give much space to these, but instead provide links and guides to these already excellent sources.  There is a lot of information on garden wildlife in general on the RHS/Wildlife Trust website Wild about Gardens.  You can also find a list of useful books and leaflets on garden wildlife through our Finding out More page.

We will be concentrating here on the smaller and less charismatic fauna and flora of gardens, especially the insects, of which Dr Jennifer Owen found nearly 2,000 species in her modest Leicester garden. Her work allows us to estimate that more than 8,000 insect species may be encountered in gardens if you look hard enough and have access to professional help in identifying species.

As we launch this second phase of our website, we have a lot of material nearly ready to publish, and in the next months this section will start to build rapidly.  We will need to devise simple guides to the complexity of the different insect groups, and find suitable pictures to illustrate the adult insects and their life cycles.

This is where you can help!

We have listed below the list of pages on garden wildlife we plan to include.  Thanks to hard work by Andrew Halstead, we have draft texts for pretty much all the invertebrate pages, and with help from our partner organisations, many texts for other groups too.  These are shown in green. However, we need pictures!

If you have good photographs, especially of the more obscure insect and invertebrate groups, and their younger stages, ideally with the correct name of the creature concerned, we would be delighted to receive and use them (with due acknowledgement of authorship) on this site.   Please contact us using the Website comments, photos or offers of help form if you may be able to help with photos or drawings, or even video clips and sound recordings!

Pages we plan to include:

Insects and other invertebrates                                                               


Birds
Mammals
Amphibia
Reptiles


Wild flowers
Ferns
Mosses and liverworts
Algae
Fungi
Lichens
Life in soil
Microscopic life

Alder flies
Barkflies barklice booklice  
Cockroaches  
Crickets
Dragonflies & damselflies
Earwigs
Fleas
Grass/ ground hoppers
Hemiptera introduction
Shieldbugs
Plant-feeding land bugs
Pond bugs
Predatory land bugs
Leafhoppers
Froghoppers
Adelgids
Aphids
Psyllids suckers
Scale insects
Whiteflies
Mealybugs
Lacewings
Mayflies
Scorpion flies & snow flea
Stoneflies
Thrips
Carrion beetles
Coleoptera intro page
Dead wood beetles
Dung beetles
Leaf-eating beetles
Pollen beetles
Pond beetles
Predatory land beetles
Root eating beetles
Lepidoptera Introduction
Moths fruit eating larvae
Moths gregarious larvae
Moths leaf mining larvae

Moths root-eating larvae
Moths solitary larvae
Moths stem boring larvae
Butterflies
Hymenoptera intro page
Sawflies and woodwasps
Solitary wasps
Solitary Bees
Social Wasps
Parasitic wasps
Honeybee
Gall wasps
Bumblebees
Ants
Diptera introduction
Bee flies
Bibionid flies
Biting flies
Compost bin flies
Gall-forming flies
Hoverflies
Leaf-mining flies
Parasitic flies
Root-eating flies
Spiders and relatives
Spiders
Harvestmen
Mites Introduction
Gall mites
Sap-sucking mites
Other spider relatives
Snails and slugs
Pond snails
Worms Introduction
Earthworms
Nematodes
Leeches
Flatworms
Woodlice
Other groups

Birds
Mammals
Amphibia
Reptiles

Wild flowers
Ferns
Mosses and liverworts
Algae
Fungi
Lichens
Life in soil
Microscopic life

Alder flies
Barkflies barklice booklice  
Cockroaches  
Crickets
Dragonflies & damselflies
Earwigs
Fleas
Grass/ ground hoppers
Hemiptera introduction
Shieldbugs
Plant-feeding land bugs
Pond bugs
Predatory land bugs
Leafhoppers
Froghoppers
Adelgids
Aphids
Psyllids suckers
Scale insects
Whiteflies
Mealybugs
Lacewings
Mayflies
Scorpion flies & snow flea
Stoneflies
Thrips
Carrion beetles
Coleoptera intro page
Dead wood beetles
Dung beetles
Leaf-eating beetles
Pollen beetles
Pond beetles
Predatory land beetles
Root eating beetles
Lepidoptera Introduction
Moths fruit eating larvae
Moths gregarious larvae
Moths leaf mining larvae

Moths root-eating larvae
Moths solitary larvae
Moths stem boring larvae
Butterflies
Hymenoptera intro page
Sawflies and woodwasps
Solitary wasps
Solitary Bees
Social Wasps
Parasitic wasps
Honeybee
Gall wasps
Bumblebees
Ants
Diptera introduction
Bee flies
Bibionid flies
Biting flies
Compost bin flies
Gall-forming flies
Hoverflies
Leaf-mining flies
Parasitic flies
Root-eating flies
Spiders and relatives
Spiders
Harvestmen
Mites Introduction
Gall mites
Sap-sucking mites
Other spider relatives
Snails and slugs
Pond snails
Worms Introduction
Earthworms
Nematodes
Leeches
Flatworms
Woodlice
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