Wildlife Spotting

Download our spotting sheets and take them with you when you go wildlife spotting.

Dragons and damsels – high summer is the time to look out for dragonflies and damselflies. These colourful predators look like flying jewels whizzing around our wetlands.

 

 

Summer wader spotter – we get a few new visitors to our wetlands in the summer, as well as old friends with new looks. See if you can tick a few of these off.

 

Warbler detective – these secretive little birds can be hard to tell apart by looks alone. It’s when they sing that they reveal their identity! There are some differences to look out for though…

 

 

 

 

Summer flowers – a selection of some of Wales’s most widespread countryside flowers. Many like to grow along footpaths and roadsides, so see how many you can tick off this summer.

 

 

 

Garden bird detective – tick off the visitors to your bird table with this spotting sheet of familiar friends. Perhaps you’ve seen every single one in your garden!

 

 

 

Bird of prey detective – scan the skies for soaring buzzards, watch the roadside for hovering kestrels and keep an eye out for the classic forked tail of the red kite.

 

 

 

Bird of prey detective 2 – a few more birds of prey for you to spot, this time including owls and scarcer species. Many are hard to find, especially during the day!

 

 

 

 

Grazing mammal spotter – watch out for deer, rabbits and other large plant eaters. These shy vegetarians are easily spooked and hard to get close to, so you might only glimpse bottoms as they bound away from you!

 

 

 

Winter wader detective – the Wales’s wetlands, coastlines and estuaries can be full of wading birds during the winter. With their long legs and beaks they can be tricky to tell apart!

 

 

 

 

Shoreline detective – a wealth of interesting marine treasures can turn up along beaches and coastlines throughout the year. Take a closer look at some of the things washed up and see if you can spot any of these.

 

 

Winter nuts and berries – once winter starts to bite, a few of the hardier berries and nuts are left to see birds and mammals through the cold weather. They’re easier to see once the leaves start to fall.

 

 

Wild fruit detective – with lots of hungry mouths to feed as animals stock up in autumn, wild fruits often don’t last long. See how many you can spot in the hedgerows before they’re all gobbled up!

 

 

Fungi detective – mushrooms are the usually the only part of a fungus we usually get to see. They grow quickly from the ground, often in the autumn, to release spores for reproduction. Look for them in damp areas around trees where the rest of the fungus is feeding on underground roots or rotting wood.

 

Gall spotter- these funny little growths are found on many parts of plants and trees. They are caused by tiny wasp grubs growing inside the plants, but how many can you find?

 

 

 

 

Moth spotter – many moths are on the wing during the day and can be as colourful as butterflies. Many more can be disturbed from their resting places when you brush past. Look out for the letter shaped marking of the silver Y moth or the hovering flight of hummingbird and burnet moths.

 

 

Caterpillar – here is a selection of just a few of the caterpillars you might come across over the summer. Many look similar and can be hard to find, so look carefully for small clues to tell them apart.

 

 

Country butterfly – the butterflies of country lanes, open fields and farmland can be different to the ones you encounter in your garden. Be prepared to identify them!

 

 

 

Woodland butterfly – when you go down to the woods today, make sure you have this guide to woodland butterflies with you! The browns and buffs of the woodland butterfly can make them hard to spot in the shade.

 

 

Butterfly detective spotting sheet – identify the fluttering visitors to your garden with this handy butterfly guide. Some of them can look very similar, so pay close attention to the wing patterns to tell them apart.

 

 

Spring trees – tell those tricky trees apart by learning the signs to look out for. Even without their leaves, trees begin to give us clues to their identity with buds, flowers and left-over seeds.

 

 

 

 

Spring wildflowers – count down the days to warmer weather by ticking off these spring flowers. Some are early, some are late, and some are only found in woodland.

 

 

 

Winter bird spotter – see if you can spot these ten winter birds. Some are hard to find, but others like the robin should be quite easy to spot if you look around gardens and parks. Good luck!