Home Based Wildlife Resources


During 2020 many organisations and individuals are providing online resources to help both adults and children stay connected with nature. Below is a list of resources collated by SEWBReC; if you have suggestions for us to add, please let us know via email to info@sewbrec.org.uk.


Timed events

Please see our event calendar for upcoming online events


Online Courses and Lectures

YouTube Playlists

A collection of video training courses from different organisations on species groups:

Terrestrial invertebrate courses playlist

Aquatic invertebrate courses playlist

Moth courses playlist

Bee courses playlist

Spider courses playlist

Plant courses playlist

Bird courses playlist

Mammal courses playlist

Amphibian and reptile courses playlist

Recording courses playlist


YouTube Channels




Mary Gillham Archive Project

Neath Port Talbot Local Nature Partnership

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Gwent Wildlife Trust

Field Studies Council Virtual Meet Ups

Tanyptera Project


Linnean Society


British Ecological Society

Royal Society of Biology

UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology



The Woodland Trust


Bumblebee Conservation Trust

British Trust for Ornithology

QGIS for Ecologists (also a Facebook Group)

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Natural History Museum

Dave Goulson (bees)

Peter Eeles (butterflies)

Anthony McCluskey (butterflies)

Tim Rich (plants)

Joshua Styles (plants)

Eco Sapien

The Urban Birder

Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group


Chilterns Conservation Board

London Natural History Society

Dynamic Dunescapes

Conservation of woodland birds in a changing climate by Rob Thomas


Other Online Learning Material

Urban Buzz Workshops from Buglife

Virtual Birdfair (150+ wildlife lectures available until November)

TED Talks including various ecology related topics

Free Nature and Environment courses on FutureLearn such as Big Data and the Environment

Free courses on edx including environmental topics such as Landscape Ecology

Free Nature and Environment courses from The Open University

CIEEM Webinar and Presentation archive, part of their Resources Hub

Amphibian and Reptile Trust training courses

BSBI Archive

Free text books from Springer, including Ecology and R statistics titles

Online ID resources collated by CIEEM


Reading material

Gwent-Glamorgan Recorders' Newsletters

Garden Moth Scheme Newsletters

National Forum for Biodiversity Recording [NFBR] Newsletters

Biodiversity Heritage Library

All issues of Natur Cymru


Home & Garden Based Surveys

SEWBReC Spring Garden Bingo

British Trust for Ornithology Garden BirdWatch (currently free!)

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust Garden Dragon Watch

Bat Conservation Trust Sunset/Sunrise Survey

British Arachnological Society Lockdown Spider Surveys

Pollinator Monitoring Scheme FIT counts (2020 Webinar)

Royal Horticulture Society Cellar Slug Hunt

Big Garden Sawfly Survey

Garden Butterfly Survey

Spittlebug Survey

Hoverfly Lagoons

Create a habitat for ground nesting bees

Ragwort Study Project

Stay Home and Count Bugs (Swansea University project)

BSBI Garden Wildflower Hunt


Other Home Based Activities

The Self Isolating Bird Club Twitter

Mammal Web (running a camera trap or identifying species in photos)



Submit a Marine Memory to Living Seas Wales

Leafmining Moths

Write a newsletter article - lots of spring newsletters will be looking for content, including SEWBReC and NFBR.

Garden moth trapping - you could even sign up for the Garden Moth Scheme and add to the national knowledge of moth populations. This blog from the Natural History Museum, London explains how to get started.

Start a garden species list - it's surprising what you can find in your garden, add your records to SEWBReCORD and track your progress. You can share your findings on Twitter with #NatureNeighbours.

Data entry - if you're sitting on lots of data waiting for a rainy day, this could be a great time to get it digitised. Get in touch with SEWBReC if you would like any assistance or to discuss the best methods to get your records to us.

Identify specimens - this could be a great opportunity to dust off any old specimens and get them under the microscope. Who knows what treasures you might have waiting for you.

Wildlife Gardening - Lots of advice and suggestions are available online for improving your garden for wildlife (e.g. Wildlife Gardening Forum, Naturehood, Wildlife Trusts). You can also buy native plants online (e.g. Plantwild)

Connect with others on social media - There are lots of active wildlife chat groups on Facebook, including the SEWBReC group and Gwent Wildlife Spotting. Share your sightings and ask for identification advice.


Live Wildlife Webcam Streams

Dyfi Osprey Project

Skomer Wildlife Camera

Curlew Cam

Essex Wildlife Trust Bats

Dorset Wildlife Trust Barn Owls

Alderney Wildlife Trust Puffins

Cumbria Wildlife Trust Badgers

Other Wildlife Trusts Webcams

CJ Wildlife Webcams (various bird species)


Activities for children

SEWBReC Rainbow Garden Bingo

RECORD My Patch activities for children and adults

Beach Academy home learning resources

Steve Backshall Live Q&A sessions

Wildlife Trust activities for kids and families

Explore the world of bat conservation through the national curriculum

Woodland Trust nature activities

Woodland Trust Nature Detectives

BBC Bitesize

RSPB Wild Challenge

Learning Through Landscapes

National Geographic Kids

Andy's Wild Workouts

Techniquest Daily Demos

National Museum Cardiff Natural History Teaching Resource

Chester Zoo Learning Resources

Natural History Museum Nature Journal

Natural History Museum Learning Resources

Wildlife TV from Essex Wildlife Trust

ORCA Lessons

Bumblebee Conservation Trust Learning Zone

RSPB Fun & Learning

The Rockpool Project Educational Resources

Gower Unearthed Poetry Competition

Nature Activity Book

Natural Resources Wales Learning Resources

BSBI Herbology Hunt

UK Ocean Schools Resource Hub

Eco Attraction's Nature Play List

Earth Live Lessons

WWT Home Learning

AimHi Live Lessons