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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

A hoverfly (Myathropa florea)
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Local Experts

The following experts have volunteered to give general advice and help with the identification the following groups of organisms. Please use the contact information below to get in touch with them if you have any particular problems. A stamped, addressed envelope for a response is always appreciated with enquiries by post.

Lower plants and fungi

Fungi Neville Kilkenny 01620 810417
Shepherd's Cottage, Sheriffside, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4PH
Lichens Brian Coppins
Mosses & liverworts (Lothians) David Chamberlain 0131 332 6567 (evening)
10 North Park, Edinburgh, EH4 1DP
Mosses & liverworts (Berwickshire and Peebleshire) David Long
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Mosses & liverworts (Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire) Rod Corner
Hawthorn Hill, 36 Wordsworth street, Penrith, Cumbria
Mosses & liverworts (West Perthshire) Julie Smith
Seaweeds Clare Scanlan
Smuts & rusts Stefan Helfer 0131 248 2865

Vascular plants

Edinburgh, Midlothian Douglas McKean 0131 336 2619

West Lothian Jackie Muscott 0131 229 1037
(1F2) 69 Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1ES
Peeblesshire Luke Gaskell
Kittyfield Farm, Melrose, TD6 9DG
Berwickshire Michael Braithwaite 01450 372129
Clarilaw Farmhouse, Hawick, TD9 8PT
East Lothian
Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire Rod Corner
Hawthorn Hill, 36 Wordsworth Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QZ


Alderflies Colin Plant
14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3QP

Alderflies Craig MacAdam
Ants, bees and wasps Andrew Jarman
93 Greenbank Crescent, Edinburgh, EH10 5TB
Aquatic bugs Sheila Brooke
Barkflies Keith Alexander
Barkfly Recording Scheme
Beetles Richard Lyszkowski 
Butterflies Iain Cowe (Scottish Borders)
Simon Metcalfe (Lothian & Falkirk)
Glyn Edwards (Angus & Perthshire)
Gillian Fife & Elspeth Christie (Clackmannanshire) 
Contact details on Butterfly Conservation's East Scotland Branch website
Caddisflies Craig Macadam
Dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) Pat Batty 01546 605316
Kirnan Farm, Kilmichael Glen, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QL
Flies Dipterists Forum Please use the Dipterists Forum for ID help on flies (Diptera)
Grasshoppers Bjorn Beckmann
Heteropteran bugs Bernard Nau
Lacewings Craig Macadam
Lacewings Colin Plant
14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3QP
Leafhoppers & Froghoppers Alan Stewart
Mayflies Craig Macadam
Moths (Berwickshire) Barry Prater
Moths (East Lothian) Mark Cubitt
Moths (Edinburgh, Midlothian) Alastair Sommerville 01501 732715
Moths (Peebleshire) Reuben Singleton 07783 047398
5 Frankscroft, Peebles, EH45 9DX
Moths (Selkirkshire) Malcolm Lindsays
Burn House, Mossilee Rd, Galashiels, TD1 1NF
Moths (West Lothian) Mark Cubitt
Sawflies Guy Knight
Scorpionflies Colin Plant
14 West Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3QP
Scorpionflies Craig MacAdam
Stoneflies Craig Macadam

Other invertebrates

Centipedes and millipedes Gordon Corbet 01333 340 634
Freshwater Invertebrates (general) Craig MacAdam
Invertebrates (if unsure of type) Alastair Sommerville 01501 732715
Marine invertebrates Christine Howson 01875 613256
Marine Molluscs Sankurie Pye
Spiders Katty Baird 01620 893642
Terrestrial Molluscs Adrian Sumner


Amphibians and reptiles Peter Leach 01620 894921
61 Rhodes Park, North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 5NA
Mammals (general) Andrew Kitchener 0131 247 4240
Mammals (terrestrial) Sarah Underwood
Bats (Lothians) Nigel Terry 01875 610422
Birds (Lothians) Stephen Welch 07931 524963
Birds (Scottish Borders) David Parkinson and Martin Moncrieff 01896 822 028 (David) & 01835 822398 (Martin)
Fish Peter Maitland
Nether Sunnyside, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4NR

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