Gunn, I.D.M. et al

UK Checklist of freshwater species

The UK Checklist of Freshwater Species is a collation of all the species (apart from algae) known to be found in association with fresh waters in the United Kingdom.

The following eight major groups were identified as being associated with fresh waters in the UK: algae, amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, macrophytes, mammals and reptiles. Algae (except stoneworts) were not included in the UK Checklist of Freshwater Species as they are currently undergoing a major revision. Other microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) are also not included in this species list.

The checklist was compiled to allow querying of freshwater species data in the Biological Records Centre (BRC) but to also to query freshwater species data from the BRC via the UK Lakes Portal (, as well as to update the freshwater species list supplied to the UK Species Inventory (UKSI) partners, such as Recorder 6, National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas and iRecord.

Publication date: 2018-05-24

Get the data

This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Gunn, I.D.M.; Carvalho, L.; Davies, C.E.; Edwards, F.K.; Furse, M.T.; Maitland, P.S.; Raper, C.; Siriwardena, G.M.; Winfield, I.J. (2018). UK Checklist of freshwater species. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


Provenance & quality

The UK Checklist of Freshwater Species was put together between 2015-2017 by Iain Gunn (CEH Edinburgh) in collaboration with Laurence Carvalho (CEH Edinburgh), Chris Raper (Natural History Museum (NHM)), Gavin Siriwardena (British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)) and Ian Winfield (CEH Lancaster). The checklist was compiled, primarily, under the auspices of the NERC Highlights Hydroscape project (NEC05609). The freshwater invertebrate component of the checklist was updated by Iain Gunn predominantly based on the 2011 version of the Mike Furse (ex-CEH Dorset, now retired)/Peter Maitland (Fish Conservation Centre) invertebrate code list compiled by Cynthia Davies (ex-CEH Wallingford, now retired) and Francois Edwards (CEH Wallingford).

Correspondence/contact details

Iain Gunn
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
EH26 0QB
United Kingdom


Gunn, I.D.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Carvalho, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Davies, C.E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Edwards, F.K.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Furse, M.T.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maitland, P.S.
Fish Conservation Centre
Raper, C.
Natural History Museum
Siriwardena, G.M.
British Trust for Ornithology
Winfield, I.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Biodiversity Invasive species Water quality
Environmental Monitoring Facilities