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         Hawkmoths of the British Isles
Hawkmoths (family Sphingidae) are some of the most colourful and conspicuous moths in the British Isles. This 8-panel laminated fold-out chart has illustrations of the adults and caterpillars of all 18 British species (including the 9 resident species). Text on the reverse side gives valuable information to help you with hawkmoth identification, including for each species the regional distribution in Britain and Ireland, the main larval foodplants and the time of adult emergence.
A Guide of Hawkmoths of the British Isles
         Day-Flying Moths
Around 1500 species of moths are found in the British Isles, but most of them fly at dusk or at night. This 8-panel laminated fold-out chart concentrates on 103 species of moths which fly by day, including a few very common species that are not strictly day-flying but are regularly disturbed from vegetation..
A Guide to Day-Flying Moths
         Caterpillars of the butterflies of Britain and Ireland
Butterflies have four stages in their life cycle (egg – caterpillar – pupa – butterfly). This 8-panel laminated fold-out chart shows colour images of the caterpillars of 57 of the more commonly encountered species in Britain and Ireland. Information on the distribution, food plants and life cycle of each species illustrated is included.
A Guide to Caterpillars of butterflies of Britain and Ireland
         Bugs on Bushes
Aimed at KS2 and above, this 12-page laminated fold-out chart is a name trail designed to help children identify the insects and other invertebrates found in the foliage of plants. The Animal Fact File provides a concise summary of the main groups of animals that may be encountered. Other information is included on food webs, pyramids of numbers and on project ideas based on tree-beating, sweep-netting and the use of pooters.
A Guide to Bugs on Bushes
         Butterflies of Britain
This 8-panel laminated chart is designed for speedy butterfly identification in the field. Colour illustrations, arranged so that similar looking species are grouped next to each other, show all the 57 butterfly species that you are likely to see. All are depicted at life size. The text gives further background information on the life-cycle, habitats and feeding patterns of butterflies.
A Guide to Butterflies of Britain
         Owls and Owl Pellets
Produced in conjunction with the Hawk and Owl Trust, this chart is both an identification guide to owls and a practical resource for investigating owl pellets. Included are colour paintings of the 5 species of owl permanently resident in the British Isles, shown both perched and at rest, illustrations and written descriptions of the different pellets produced by each species of owl and by other birds (kestrel, sparrowhawk, gull and corvids) that could be confused, and a systematic identification key to the contents of owl pellets, including complete skulls, jaws, teeth and other recognisable bones and animal parts.
A Guide to Owls and Owl Pellets
         British Bats
This 8-panel laminated fold-out chart includes all 16 species of bats that live and breed in Britain. Produced in partnership with The Mammal Society, it has two parts; a guide to bat identification in flight using bat detectors and flight patterns; and a key for bat identification in the hand.
A FSC Guide to British Bats
         British Land Mammals
Produced in partnership with The Mammal Society this 8-panel laminated fold-out chart covers all the British mainland terrestrial species. Accompanying text includes species descriptions and information on habitat and distribution. The chart covers all small insectivores and rodents (including shrews, voles and mice), larger insectivores and rodents (including hedgehog, mole, rats and squirrels), native carnivores (including fox, stoat, weasel, pine martin, badger and otter), rabbits and hares, and the commoner species of deer.
A Guide to British Land Mammals
         Fresh Water Name Trail
This fold-out chart is designed to enable children (from age 7 upwards) and beginners to identify the main animal groups found in freshwater, both still water (lakes and ponds) and running water (streams and rivers). None of the identification in the key goes beyond family level, and some of it stays at the phylum or class.
Fresh Water Name Trail
         Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain
Often called the 'birdwatcher's insect', dragonflies and damselflies are large and charismatic insects with a distinctive flight pattern. Dragonfly and damselfly identification in the field can initially be daunting, but with practice most British species can be identified when in flight.
This 12-panel laminated fold-out chart covers 16 damselfly species and 28 dragonfly species. Separate images are given for the male and female forms of most species. Accompanying text provides extra background information on life-cycle and feeding.
Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain
         Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain & Ireland
This 8-page laminated fold-out chart includes 13 species of non-marine reptile and amphibian which breed in Britain, and the 5 species which breed in Ireland. These include frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards.
Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain & Ireland
         Ladybirds of the British Isles
Produced in conjunction with the UK Ladybird Survey, this popular fold-out chart to ladybird identification covers 26 of the 46 coccinellid species found in the British Isles. Information on colour pattern, habitat and distribution and hints to aid identification are provided in a comprehensive table. There are also sections on the life-cycle and feeding relationships of ladybirds. A special feature of the chart is the section on the Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis, the most invasive ladybird species in the world. The Harlequin was originally introduced for bio-control throughout Europe, arrived in Britain in summer 2004 and is now spreading rapidly from the south-east.
Guide to Ladybirds of the British Isles
         Bees of Britain
Produced in conjunction with the invertebrate conservation charity Buglife, this much requested new 8-page chart shows 28 species of bee, most of which can commonly be seen flying in domestic gardens. As well as the 'Big Six' bumblebees, the chart includes representatives of mining bees, cavity-nesting bees and cuckoo bees. Silhouettes next to each image show the typical life-size for each species. Text on the reverse side includes a table, with full cross-referencing to the images, which gives further information on flight periods, distribution of each species in Britain, and useful pointers to help distinguish between similar-looking species.
Guide to Bees of Britain
         Woodland name trial (mini beasts)
This fold-out chart is designed to enable children (from age 7 upwards) and beginners to identify the invertebrates commonly found in woodland soils and leaf litter. The Factfile gives further information about the invertebrates and introduces food chains and webs.
Woodland name trail (mini beasts)
         Wildlife Pack – Garden Safari
You don't have to go far to find wildlife in Britain. Find out the names of insects and other small animals in your garden with this new FSC Wildlife Pack. Featuring five of our most popular fold-out charts
  • Butterflies - all the species you are likely to see
  • Ladybirds - from the 2-spot to the 24-spot, from the orange ladybird to the harlequin
  • Shieldbugs - large colourful bugs widespread in gardens
  • Bugs on Bushes - minbeasts found on leaves and stems
  • Woodland Name Trail - minibeasts found in leaf litter and in the soil
Each pack includes a card-sized magnifier, to help get in closer.
Wildlife Pack - Garden Safari
         Wildlife Pack – Flying Things
You don't have to go far to find wildlife in Britain. Find out the names of those insects that buzz, drift or zoom around your garden. Featuring five of the FSC's popular fold-out charts
  • Day-flying moths - not all moths come out at night! Over 100 species fly by day, many of them large and colourful
  • Butterflies - includes all the species that you are likely to see
  • Hawkmoths - Britain's largest moths are surprisingly common. Both adult moths and caterpillars are included
  • Bees - including all the common bumble bees and some of the solitary bees found in gardens
  • Dragonflies and damselflies - incredible airborne acrobats
Each pack includes a card-sized magnifier, so you can get in even closer to the details
Wildlife Pack - Flying Things
         Wildlife Pack – What is in your garden pond?
Got a garden pond? Find out the names of the insects, plants, amphibians and reptiles that you see. Featuring three of the FSC's popular fold-out charts
  • Reptiles and amphibians - identify frogs, toads, newts, slow worms, lizards and snakes
  • Freshwater Name Trail - the classic pond dipping guide!
  • Commoner water plants - from lily pads to water mint
Each pack includes a card-sized magnifier, so you can get in even closer to the details
Wildlife Pack - What is in your pond?
         Ladybird Larvae
Ladybird larvae are often found, but not well known, as they look so different from adult ladybirds. This new 8-panel fold-out chart with illustrations of the larvae of the 26 ladybird species featured on the earlier Ladybirds chart and a selection of photographs of pupae.
Guide to the Ladybird Larvae of Britain
         Garden Bugs and Beasties
garden and peer amongst the flowers, grasses and plant pots, and you will find an amazing range of little creatures. From shieldbugs to slugs and snails, from froghoppers to flower beetles, this new fold-out chart covers some of the commonest little animals you will find in the garden.
Garden Bugs and Beaties Guide

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