Online resources – places, nature, wildlife

… things you can do while staying at home or near to home – READ, LISTEN, LOOK, WATCH, DO, CONTRIBUTE. Including:

  • landscape, places, rivers and other waters
  • (SCROLL DOWN FOR) nature, wildlife – observing, learning, recording

plant with insectLots of links, organised into categories. I haven’t checked all of them, so don’t vouch for their usability etc. Added to from time to time.

See also Online resources – heritage & the arts and Online resources – swim advice + exercise & health

Though not part of those projects, these links might be of interest while events are postponed, as many are relevant to Tales from the River and Healing Waters, which will look at the history and practical aspects of outdoor swimming – read more on the OS Brecks pages of this website. (These projects are part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.) And many are relevant to other projects in the BFER scheme.

landscape, places, rivers and other waters
Lots of resources on rivers

Rivers of Norfolk art and walking project

Virtual tour of NT places, including Wicken Fen and Anglesey Abbey

Breckland virtual tour (need to download app and sign up)

Swim Places

Including Brecks locations for swims 4-7 Oct 2019

And more ideas on swim places

Some more virtual tours

Take a virtual tour – The Royal Parks

Other landscape collections

Just published, Wanderland: A search for magic in the landscape, Jini Reddy,

UP THE RODING, An occasional blog about walking in the edgelands of North East London and various other places

Telling stories that explore and celebrate the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble

nature, wildlife
Watching wildlife in your garden Thanks to Noah and to Chloe for sending that me this great link!

Getting close to nature Finding a Friend in Nature

Forest bathing Activity Sheets for children and adults, activity sheet. Click this link to download

Stay home green resources for parents and children

Nature activities for children

Broads Water, Mills and Marshes Education pages, intro and links to other similar resources, then a new topic each week, all fascinating:

Broads Authority Learning

Field Studies Council

OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) ID guides & resources 

OPAL Citizen Science 

RSPB Fun and Learning

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Discover and Learn

The Wildlife Trust Wildlife Watch

Natural History Museum Citizen Science Projects

Zooniverse Projects 

Wild Time Learning

How to beat the Coronavirus blues – things to do in nature

Wildlife resources


The RSPB bird identifier

Bird song– ID links

BTO Bird identification

Podcasts on swifts – harbingers of summer, due soon!

Lots more podcasts from RSPB here

Download free flower finding sheets

Violets guide #wildflowerhour, @nervousbotanist,, as PDF

Buttercups guide

Speedwell guide

Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Garden Wildflower Hunt

Foraging Guide – Month by Month – Woodland Trust

#wildflowerhour Is it ok to pick wildflowers for foraging, enjoyment or for botanical purposes? Excellent advice from the @BSBIbotany Code of Conduct, a must read for all wild flower lovers!


Spring Blossom Identification Quiz – Woodland Trust

Music and nature – Dawn chorus event 16 May (and generally)


Podcasts to keep you connected to nature

Alvecote Wood video

The forest’s lifecycle

Anglian Water (@AnglianWater) have added a range of educational resources about the exciting world of water, engineering & the environment to our website. This may be of help if you’re a teacher after some lesson plan inspiration. Do take a look and share it with other teachers.

Nature writer and novelist

BBC Wildlife partners with new youth nature writing competition – Discover Wildlife


CONTRIBUTE Twitter @wildflower_hour, #wildflowerhour: 8-9pm Sunday or anytime, Wild Flowers you found in Britain and Ireland

CONTRIBUTE iRecord, for managing and sharing your wildlife records

Woodland Trust

The National Biodiversity Network compiled advice on wildlife recording

Identify nature | Natural History Museum

Essays on forestry

Climate Action

Hockwold Common