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Catalogue of Life

Catalogue of Life. From their website:” The Catalogue of Life is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.6 million species. This figure continues to rise as information is compiled from diverse sources around the world” .   It contains all the taxonomic data you might need.

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. I can do no better than quote their front page: “The planet’s human population increases by more than 200,000 people every day. This exerts ever more severe and intensifying pressure on finite natural resources throughout the world. The resulting environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change destroys nature and impacts human well-being. The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research. Our research is […]

Marine Species Identification Portal

Marine Species Identification Portal – a simple site with a powerful aim – to help identify marine species. The site is said to have thousands listed. To find out more about how this works – see here.

Garden Wildlife Health

Garden Wildlife Health – given the rise in studies of urban ecology and the re-thinking about the value of green spaces(of every sort) in urban raeas, it’s no surprise that we see a site looking at wildlife management in gardens and disease control. The former seeks to promote habitat diversity; the latter looks at the influence of the spread of  disease  in our gardens.

Atlas for the End of the World

Atlas for the End of the World – nowhere near as dystopian as it sounds, this is asite that maps current and, potentially future, distribution of selected species and conservation areas. Part of a project to visualise issues in ecosystem protection.


Ecoregions – A very useful, interactive site which provides great visuals for the basic ecological divisions of the planet – ecoregions, biomes, realms etc. Useful features like map transparency and a chance to map protected areas make it an extremely useful tool.

State of the World’s Plants

State of the World’s Plants – A stunning website from Kew Gardens about global plant biodiversity, threats to this and the policies used to ameliorate these dangers. Annual report available. First symposium, May 2017.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Global Biodiversity Information Facility – This site aims to be a portal to a vast range of biodiversity information. Information can be uploaded, searched, used – open access.

Global Carbon Project

Global Carbon Project is an international project aimed at getting quality data, open source, out to researchers and interested people. From their website:” The Global Carbon Project was formed to assist the international science community to establish a common, mutually agreed knowledge base supporting policy debate and action to slow the rate of increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The growing realization that anthropogenic climate change is a reality has focused the attention of the scientific community, policymakers and […]

National Biodiversity Network

National Biodiversity Network Gateway. An amazing collection of publicly-accessible data for UK flora and fauna.