A notepad and pencil
To describe what you see, or draw a picture.
Or you can use this data sheet.
You can also create your own data sheet with this template. There is space to add photos or draw pictures.
For a close-up view
A torch or head torch
To spot nocturnal creatures
To help with identification
You will probably see and hear more animals if you walk quietly and slowly, using your eyes and ears to look for movement and listen for sounds.
Wildlife should be viewed from a distance, so you don’t disturb or scare them. Some animals can bite and are dangerous.
Never touch wild animals.
Once you’ve seen some animals, can you work out
what species they are?
You don’t need much to get to know your local wildlife but it might be helpful to have: