There are lots of ways to identify and find out about the species you have seen, and to learn about our amazing wildlife. We have some suggestions below:
Today, online resources are available for many species groups. There are photo guides, checklists, and keys to everything from footprints to flowers and pondlife to poo. These are produced by specialist societies, museums, and conservation organisations and often provide more information and pictures than are possible in books.
Printed guidebooks and field guides are still useful, of course. There is a huge range available. The ones mentioned below are used by members of the group but do look around to find what suits you best.
It’s always worth checking if the species you think you’ve seen has been recorded in North Sutherland. You can do this through the National Biodiversity Network Atlas for Scotland – search for a species name to get a map showing where it’s been seen before.
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