About this website 

The photographs and information on this website are intended primarily to be a reference source and an identification aid, where appropriate. Each broad area, e.g. Birds, is broken down into sections and further information about these, and the related sub-sections, is given at the top of that area's main page. 
Most of the individual images are labelled, but it is not impossible that some wildlife is incorrectly identified, so I would recommend cross-checking where there is a doubt. I have included some less good images where it is considered that they might still be helpful for identification purposes only. The reference books I have used are listed in each section's main page. An Index to the Flora and Fauna of each country appears near the top of that country's main page in People and Places. All the images are my own. 
High resolution versions of some images are available through either Alamy or directly from myself. A selection of these images is available for viewing on FlickR - Click here 
About Peter Gilbert - The Photographer 
Like most amateur photographers and amateur naturalists I have collected a considerable number of photographs, taken over many years. The earliest still continue to yellow and fade in old-style photo albums, secreted away in the attic or the backs of cupboards. More recently, they sit quietly on hard-drives and act as a reference point for the wildlife I see, particularly in my own garden and the Northamptonshire countryside, or as a reminder of the places I have visited, both in the UK and abroad. Otherwise, they are also mostly hidden from view. 
The idea of sharing these images was prompted by two things: firstly, encountering a website called Lotmoths (www.lotmoths.com) which enabled me to positively identify most of the moths I had photographed in Burgundy and the Loire Valley and which I was struggling to find information on; secondly, discovering some less common insects in my village – and in my own garden – which anyone interested in Natural History might come across. This site also charts my own progress as a naturalist and a photographer, which still finds me only a short distance up the learning curve. So, apologies for the less sharp, out-of-focus, maybe shaky images from my early digital days. 
I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has further information to add or would like further information from myself. 
What's New... 
AUGUST 2019 
22nd August 
1st - 21st August 
JULY 2019 
New photos of Eurasian Bee-eater, Corn Bunting, Zitting Cisticola, White-fronted Dipper, Short-toed Eagle, Great Egret, Little Egret, Greater Flamingo, Slender-billed Gull, Eurasian Hobby, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Crag Martin, Kentish Plover, Ring Ouzel, Bearded Reedling, Black-winged Stilt, Barn Swallow, Black Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Spectacled Warbler 
Firecrest- Regulus ignicapilla 
Harrier, Montagu's - Circus pygargus 
Kestrel, Lesser - Falco naumanni 
Treecreeper, Short-toed - Certhia brachydactyla 
Cicindela campestris - Green Tiger Beetle 
Henosepilachna argus - Bryony Ladybird 
Hoplia argentea - Scarab Beetle 
Iberodorcanian fuliginator - Beetle 
Labidostomis longimana - Short-horned Leaf Beetle 
Lachnaia paradoxa - Leaf Beetle 
Liparus glabrirostris - Weevil 
Lopheros rubens - Net-winged Beetle 
Oreina sp. poss bifrons - Leaf Beetle 
Otiorhynchus gemmatus - Weevil 
Phyllobius pomaceus - Green Nettle Weevil 
Phyllopertha horticola - Garden Chafer 
Rutpela maculata - Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle 
Stenopterus rufus - Round-necked Longhorn Beetle 
Tituboea biguttata - Leaf Beetle 
Beosus maritimus - Ground Bug 
Calocoris alpestris - Mirid Bug 
Carpocoris mediterraneus - Red Shieldbug 
Chlorochroa juniperina - Shieldbug 
Corizus hyoscyami - Rhopalid Bug 
Cydnus aterrimus - Burrowing Shieldbug 
Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus - Mirid Bug 
Eurydema ornata - Ornate Shieldbug 
Eurygaster testudinaria - Shieldbug 
Grypocoris stysi - Capsid Bug 
Nezara viridula - Southern Green Shieldbug 
Pentatoma rufipes - Red-legged Shieldbug 
Rhynocoris erythropus - Assassin Bug 
Mazarine Blue - Cyaniris semiargus 
Duke of Burgundy Fritillary - Hamearis lucina 
False Heath Fritillary - Melitaea diamina 
Glanville Fritillary - Meliaea cinxia 
Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Clossinia euphrosyne 
Silver-washed Fritillary - Argynnis paphia 
Titania's Fritillary - Clossiania titania cypris 
Brown Argus - Aricia agestis 
Berger's Clouded Yellow - Colias alfacariensis 
Woodland Ringlet - Erebia medusa 
Chequered Skipper - Carterocephalus palaemon 
Grizzled Skipper - Pyrgus malvae 
Mountain Green-veined White - Artogeia bryoniae 
Western Marbled White - Melanargia occitanica 
Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens 
Beautiful Demoiselle - Calopteryx virgo 
Chrysotoxum vernale - Straight-banded Hoverfly 
Ctenophora pectinicornis - Long-palped Cranefly 
Dictenidia bimaculata - Long-palped Cranefly 
Dysmachus trigonus - Fan-bristled Robberfly 
Empis trigramma - Dance Fly 
Fallenia fasciata - Fly 
Eriozona syrphoides - Hoverfly 
Heliophilus trivittatus - Hoverfly 
Hemipenthes morio - Bee-fly 
Leucozona lucorum - Hoverfly 
Melieria crassipennis - Picture-winged Fly 
Mydaea corni - House Fly 
Philipomyia aprica - Horsefly 
Psila fietaria - Rust Fly 
Tabanus autumnalis - Large Marsh Horsefly 
Volucella inflata - Hoverfly 
Xanthogramma pedissequum - Hoverfly 
Acrobasis centunculella - Micro-moth 
Alder Moth - Acronicta alni 
Beautiful Marbled - Eublemma purpurina 
Six-spot Burnet - Zygaena filipendulae 
Clouded Brindle - Apamea epomidion 
Clouded-bordered Brindle - Apamea crenata 
Coronet - Craniophora ligustri 
Delicate - Mythimna vitellina 
Dioryctria mendacella - Micro-moth 
Common Emerald - Hemithea aestivaria 
Grass Eggar - Lasiocampa trifolii 
Epiblema cirsiana - Knapweed Bell 
Pine Hawkmoth - Hyloicus pinastri 
Spurge Hawkmoth - Hyles euphorbiaIdaea filicata - Carpet Moth 
Lychnis - Hadena bicruris 
Mythimna sicula f scirpi 
Notocelia tetragonana - Square-spot Bell 
Pale-shouldered Brocade - Lacanobia thalassina 
Common Pug - Eupithecia vulgata vulgata 
Puss Moth - Cerura vinula 
Pyrausta despicata - Micro-moth 
Vine's Rustic - Hoplodrina ambigua 
Scarce Bordered Straw - Helicoverpa armigera 
Scorched Wing - Plagodis dolabria 
Syncopacma sp poss larseniella - Micro-moth 
Synopsis sociaria 
White Speck - Mythimna unipuncta 
Yellow Belle - Aspitates ochrearia 
Alpine Marmot - Marmota marmota 
Coypu - Myocaster coypus 
People and Places 
Bavaria, Germany 
Camargue, France 
Reptiles and Amphibians 
Alpine Newt - Ichthyosaura alpestris 
European Pond Terrapin - Emys orbicularis 
Marsh Frog - Pelophylax ridibundus 
Stripeless Tree Frog - Hyla meridionalis 
Western Green Lizard - Lacerta bilineata 
MAY 2019 
Allium ursinum - Ramsons 
Cardamine pratensis - Cuckooflower 
Euphorbia cyparissias - Cypress Spurge 
Ranunculus acris - Meadow Buttercup 
Ranunculus repens - Creeping Buttercup 
Sonchus asper - Prickly Sowthistle 
Vicia sativa - Common Vetch 
Aglaostigma aucupariae - Sawfly 
Bibio marci - St. Mark's Fly 
Coreus marginata - Dock Bug 
Dolycoris baccarum - Hairy Shieldbug 
Empis tessellata - Dance Fly 
Empis trigramma - Dance Fly 
Gastrophysa viridula - Green Dock Beetle 
Nomada lathburiana - Nomad Bee 
Propylea quattourdecimpunctata - 14 Spot Ladybird 
Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas - Butterfly 
APRIL 2019 
Bittern, Great - Botaurus stellaris 
Partridge, Red-legged - Alectoris rufa 
Pigeon, Wood - Columba palumbus 
Warbler, Cetti's - Cettia cetti 
Warbler, Reed - Acrocephalus scirpaceus 
Angle Shades - Phlogophora meticulosa - Moth 
Andrena fulva - Tawny Mining Bee - Female and Male 
Andrena sp. poss minutula 
Bibio marci - St. Mark's Fly 
Bombus Hypnorum - Tree Bumblebee 
Bombylius major - Dark-edged Bee-fly 
Early Thorn - Selenia dentaria - Moth 
Figitidae poss. Anacharitnae - Parasitic Wasp 
Gerris lacustris - Common Pondskater 
Larinioides cornutus - Furrow Spider 
Nomada goodeniana - Gooden's Nomad Bee 
Swallow Prominent - Pheosia tremula - Moth 
Alliaria petiolata - Garlic Mustard 
Allium triquetrum - Three-cornered Garlic 
Anthriscus sylvestris - Cow Parsley 
Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold 
Cardamine flexuosa - Wavy Bittercress 
Cardamine hirsuta - Hairy Bittercress 
Cerastium semidecandrum - Little Mouse-ear 
Claytonia perfoliata - Springbeauty 
Cymbalaria muralis - Ivy-leaved Toadflax 
Chrysoplenium oppositifolium - Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage 
Erigeron karvinskianus - Mexican Fleabane 
Erodium cicutarium - Common Storksbill 
Erophila verna - Common Whitlowgrass 
Euphorbia helioscopia - Sun Spurge 
Geranium molle - Dovesfoot Cranesbill 
Glechoma hederacea - Groud Ivy 
Hyacinthoides hispanica - Spanish Bluebell 
Hyacinthoides non-scripta - Bluebell 
Lamium alba - White Dead-nettle 
Lamium hybridum - Cut-leaved Dead-nettle 
Lamium purpurea - Red Dead-nettle 
Lunaria annua - Honesty 
Oxalis acetosella - Wood Sorrel 
Pentaglottis sempervirens - Green Alkanet 
Potentilla sterilis - Barren Strawberry 
Primula vulgaris - Primrose 
Senecio vulgaris - Groundsel 
Silene dioica - Red Campion 
Stellaria holostea - Greater Stitchwort 
Stellaria media - Common Chickweed 
Stellaria neglecta - Greater Chickweed 
Symphytum orientale - White Comfrey 
Veronica agrestis - Green Field Speedwell 
Veronica filiformis - Slender Speedwell 
Veronica hederifolia - Ivy-leaved Speedwell 
Veronica persica - Common Field Speedwell 
Veronica serpyllifolia - Thyme-leaved Speedwell 
Vinca major - Greater Periwinkle 
Vinca minor - Lesser Periwinkle 
Viola arvensis - Field Pansy 
Viola odorata - Sweet Violet 
Viola riviniana - Common Dog Violet 
Northamptonshire - Pink Moon, Walgrave 
Shropshire - War Memorial 
MARCH 2019 
Caprella bursa-pastoris - Shepherd's Purse - Flower 
Crow, Carrion - Corvus corone 
Diaea dorsata - Green Crab Spider 
Ficaria verna - Lesser Celandine - Flower 
Common Gull - Larus canus 
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea 
Ichneumon stramentor - Ichneumid Wasp 
Lamium purpurea - Red Dead-nettle - Flower 
Magpie, Common - Pica pica 
Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri 
Rook - Corvus frugilegus 
Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus 
Tussilago farfara - Coltsfoot - Flower 
Oak Beauty - Biston strataria - Moth 
Diurnea fagella - Micro-moth 
Clouded Drab - Orthosia incerta - Moth 
Early Grey - Xylocampa areola - Moth 
Hebrew Character - Orthosia gothica - Moth 
Lead-coloured Drab - Orthosia populeti - Moth 
Double-striped Pug - Gymnoscelis rufifasciata - Moth 
Common Quaker - Orthosia cerasi - Moth 
Small Quaker - Orthosia cruda - Moth 
Twin-spotted Quaker - Orthosia munda - Moth 
Shoulder Stripe - Anticlea badiata - Moth 
Waved Umber - Menophra abruptaria - Moth 
Halifax - The Piece Hall 
London - People's Vote March 
Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire 
Pale Brindled Beauty - Phigalia pilosaria 
Dotted Border - Agriopis marginaria 
March Moth - Alsophila aescularia 
Common Quaker - Orthosia cerasi 
Rook - Corvus frugilegus 
Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus 
Cormorant, Great - Phalacrocorax carbo 
Crow - hybrid Carrion x Hooded 
Sparrowhawk, Eurasian - Accipiter nisus 
Swan, Mute - Cygnus olor 
Willow Catkins 
Welford, Leicestershire - Grand Union Canal, 
Hardwick, Northants - Church of St Leonard 
Northampton - Depare Abbey at night 
Scotland - Edinburgh Scenes 
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