Flora and Fauna – Identification

It is important that at a forest School you get to grips with identifying different plants for a number of reasons.

  • So you can identify safe and dangerous plants in your forest school area.
  • So you can impart important knowledge to the clients/children.
  • So you can develop your own and others appreciation of the wild world and its fantastic diversity.
  • So you can teach about foraging.

In this section I have started my own series of identification cards for looking at particular plants I find on my site. I will be adding to the selection of identifications as my knowledge and experience grows so it is worth popping back to the site:


Holly – Tree

Horse Chestnut – Tree

 Oak – Tree

Sycamore – Tree

White Willow – Tree


Chickweed – Plant

Clover – Plant

Nettle – Plant

Wild Geranium – Plant

Fox Gloves – Plant


Blushing Bracket – Fungi

Button Mushroom – Fungi

Flay Agaric – Fungi

Horse Mushroom – Fungi

Tigers Eye – Fungi


Badger – Mammal

Fox – Mammal

Shrew – Mammal

Wood Mice – Mammal

Jack Russell – Mammal


Barn Owl – Bird

Common Buzzard – Bird

Kestrel – Bird

Robin – Bird

Tree Sparrow – Bird


Elephant Hawk Moth – Invertebrate

Harvestmen – Invertebrate

Honey Bee – Invertebrate

Ladybird – Invertebrate

Painted Lady – Invertebrate 

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there are a wide variety of books available to help you identify different flora and fauna. I particularly have found the Collins Gem range particularly helpful.