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Sources of Free Images for Wildlife Charities


ARKive     With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, we are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.  Freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations, ARKive is a truly invaluable resource for conservation, education and public awareness.

N.E. WILDLIFE     North East Wildlife is a site dedicated to providing free natural history images to registered charities / schools / countryside teams etc.

SEEING     This website has been set up to display wildlife and Nature images of Britain from a group of photographers who wish to put something back into the wildlife conservation efforts of our various charitable Trusts...the photographs on this website are available Free of charge, to registered Charities and Organisations working in the spirit of Wildlife conservation and education for use in their advertising and educational media.    

SENPA       SENPA is a not-for-profit group of photographers who support nature conservation organisations and projects by providing photographic images of species, habitats and activities.





National Groups


BRITISH BUGS     An online identification guide to UK Hemiptera.

BUGLIFE     Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and we are passionately committed to saving Britain's rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, and spiders to snails. Today bugs are under threat as never before, so help us to secure a diverse and wildlife-rich planet for future generations.

BUMBLEBEE CONSERVATION TRUST     We have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.

BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION     Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths.

DRAGONFLY SOCIETY     The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) was founded in 1983 by a small group of dragonfly enthusiasts and scientists. The Society has grown substantially since that time and the current BDS membership of about 1,500 is spread the length and breadth of the country, as well as into Europe and beyond.

NATIONAL TRUST     We look after historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, farmland, moorland, islands, castles, nature reserves, villages...and pubs.

NATURAL ENGLAND   We are here to secure a healthy natural environment for people to enjoy, where wildlife is protected and England's traditional landscapes are safeguarded for future generations.  Images are available from Natural England on a non-commercial basis only and Natural England stipulates that images be credited in the following format: 'Copyright Natural England/photographer's name' whenever they are used.

RSPB     The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way.

WILDFOWL AND WETLAND TRUST     The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people.

THE WILDLIFE TRUSTS     Together The Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places everywhere – at land and sea.

WOODLAND TRUST     We want to see a country rich in native woods and trees enjoyed and valued by everyone.  Our aims [are to]:

1) Work with others to plant more native trees

2) Protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future

3) Inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees





Local Groups & Blogs



This website began life in 2006, and now attracts 100s of visitors each day. Use to:

  • visit our Sightings page, updated daily;
  • our Events page gives details of a wide range of events organized by the branch taking place throughout the summer;
  • check out the searchable photo galleries of all of Sussex's butterflies and over 500 moths in the Sussex Species section;
  • and find out where to go on our Sussex Sites section.

HAMPSHIRE DRAGONFLIES     Informative dragonfly website and blog by naturalist and skilled amateur photographer Paul Ritchie.  Paul says, "It is my desire to build a working knowledge of the best dragonfly locations in the UK, be it for specific species or for sheer diversity, and share my discoveries for other enthusiasts to enjoy."  Paul is evidently achieving these aims as this website is a great resource for species and location information for Hampshire and beyond.

LYONS DEN    A blog by Sussex ecologist Graeme Lyons.  Graeme says: "This blog shows the highlights of my day to day findings as a naturalist and ecologist living and working in Sussex."

SUSSEX MOTH GROUP     The site aims to provide, not only up to date information and news on moths and mothing events in Sussex but also, on our sightings page, an insight into the more interesting moth species that are being recorded by our members.


The Sussex Ornithological Society since its formation in 1962 has grown to become one of the largest county bird clubs in the UK, with a membership of over 1700.  A registered charity the objectives of the SOS are:

• To record and study wild birds in Sussex

• To assist in the conservation of the wild birds of Great Britain

• To encourage by the use of meetings, books, outings and other ways:

(a) the study of birds in the field and ornithological science in general

(b) the education of its members and the general public in ornithological science and the need for the protection of wild birds and their habitats.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST     The aim of the Sussex Wildlife Trust is to conserve the Sussex landscape, wildlife, and its habitats, and to use its knowledge and expertise to help the people of Sussex to enjoy, understand and take action to this end.



Species Information


Many of the sites already listed are great sources of information about species.  Visit their websites to find out more.


JOY OF PLANTS     The Gardening with Wildlife in Mind database aims to help people choose plants likely to attract wildlife. It also shows what eats what in the garden.

NATURESPOT     NatureSpot is a Leicestershire based registered charity (1138852), established in 2009 with the aim of promoting the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland and helping to increase public awareness of, and interest in, local biodiversity. It is entirely run by committed volunteers. Our aims are:

  1. To help the public to identify local wildlife and to learn about the natural environment

  2. To create, with public participation, an online showcase of the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland

  3. To encourage and facilitate biodiversity recording to support conservation need

  4. To encourage more public visitation to local sites of wildlife interest and enjoyment in those visits





Wildlife Gardening


WILD ABOUT GARDENS - A partnership between The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society to bring you a wide range of wildlife gardening advice.

WILDLIFE GARDENING WITH JENNY STEEL     This website was created in 1995 to offer wildlife gardening information to anyone wanting to make their garden more wildlife-friendly.  On this website you can find out what to plant for wildlife and how to create wildlife habitats in your garden as well as find out what has been visiting Jenny's wildlife garden in Shropshire.




Wildlife Photographers


NATURE PHOTO BLOG     A daily nature photo dosage:
15 renowned nature photographers, 365 days - every morning a fresh nature photo from one of us will be here. From the North to the South of Europe - Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Romania, France, Spain, Italy. And the rest of the World.

RICH STEEL     The fascinating and inspiring blog of Rich Steel.

SANDRA BARTOCHA     Amazing imagery from Sandra Bartocha.  The site is German but I think you don't need the words, the images say it all.





In my descriptions of these websites and blogs, I've used text found on the sites being described.  If you are the owner or administrator of one of these sites and would prefer different descriptions of your aims and work (or would prefer that this site does not link to yours) please let me know.