Naturalist Skills

Water beetles
12 species for you to look for on your next pond-dipping adventure.
Naturalist, writer and artist Tiffany Francis examines why we should still go foraging in the 21st century.
If you are new to the waders, then make it your business to learn the most common or easy to recognise species first. 
Volunteer at Dundreggan Conservation Estate, Loch Ness.
See more wildlife, learn some new skills and help protect species and threatened habitats with these great opportunities. 
Stoat
These little brown mustelids are both fast and ferocious, with sinuous bodies and short legs. So how do you tell them apart?
Prickly snail, Acanthinula aculeata
Mild, damp nights are ideal for searching for slugs and snails. Here are 12 species to look for. 
Grey squirrel feeding.
How to identify the wildlife that has been eating the nuts and berries in hedgerows and woodland trees. 
Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum
Many late-summer flowers are now in seed. We have illustrated 12 distinctive forms to look for this October. 
Badger
Find out everything you need to know about badger social structure, behaviour, identification and breeding. 
Purple laver, Porphyra umbilicalis
Seaweeds require enough light to photosynthesise, so are most abundant in the intertidal zone – especially along rocky shores. Here are 12 for you to spot. 
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