All wildlife can be classified into groups that have features in common (see example of classification of British Insects). A group of living things that have so many common features that they can reproduce and have fertile young is called a species.
Most species at the Reserve can be put into the two major groups: PLANTS and ANIMALS. All the other organisms can be grouped under a third heading: the PROTISTS. Each of these groups can be sub-divided as follows:
or blue-green algae)
Ciliates & Flagellates)
(including rusty, leafy &
Note: Several classification groups are not represented at Eskrigg Reserve and have not been included in the above diagrams.
Click on any of the groups that are highlighted to find out more about them.