Mailing Lists


ailing lists are for email users - so that's just about everyone who uses the internet. They are one of the oldest means of mass communication through the internet.Daisy They are nothing more than lists of people who are interested in a certain topic. In recent years the growth of web-based email lists has meant that these have become much easier to set up and use, and have grown tremendously in popularity. They have superceded Usenet newsgroups in many ways. They do, however, come and go quite a bit, so some of the links on this page will not work (sorry) and there will be many groups missing. If you think Naturenet should be listing one and it is not there then tell us so.

Using a mailing list is simple. Just click on the link and you will be taken to the homepage of the group (usually part of Yahoo groups) where you will find instructions on how to join. Any problems, ask Naturenet. It's also worth noting that, unlike newsgroups, mailing lists tend to (usually) be quite civilised and free of spam. Announcement-only groups tend to be ones which you can subscribe to but not directly contribute to.

The following listings include a small part of the descriptive text the group manager has written. If we know anything else, we'll add a comment. We can't promise that you will actually get what they say, and of course, some groups are not very active.

National Lists

UKWildlife: UKWildlife is a discussion group for people interested in the wildlife of the British Isles. If you only join one UK group, this is the big one. Well worth it, but can be dozens of messages daily, so you might want to consider the 'digest' option.
Nature Ireland: For everyone interested in the wildlife, flora and fauna of Ireland including environmental and conservation issues.
Wildlife News: weekly e-mail highlighting the news headlines featured on Wildlife News.
Ask the Ranger: got a question about the countryside, conservation or nature? The best thing to do is ask your local Ranger! You didn't think Naturenet would miss this one off, did you?

Local lists

Devon and Dorset Wildlife: exists to enable anyone with an interest in wildlife in Devon and Dorset to communicate with other people interested in the subject.
Bristol Wildlife: an egroup for discussion of wildlife in the Bristol region, including Somerset, Gloucs & Wiltshire.
Cumbria Bird Club: makes their announcements through BirdingCumbria email discussion group.
Rye Bay Wildlife: aforum for discussing wildlife observations and news in Rye Bay, East Sussex, UK.
Huntingdonshire Wildlife Group: for the use of wildlife watchers & groups within the old county of Huntingdonshire to promote wildlife events, ask questions or post reports on the wildlife with in the county.
Norfolk Wildlife: a discussion group for people interested in the wildlife of Norfolk.
OxonWildlife: This is a group for everyone interested in all aspects of wildlife and it’s conservation in the county of Oxfordshire UK.
CornishWildlife: discusses all aspects of wildlife conservation in the County of Cornwall in the UK.

If you are lucky enough to live in Cheshire there is this vast range of groups to choose from, although some are kinda quiet:

rECOrd Group
Cheshire Amphibians - Reptiles Group
Cheshire Birds Group
Cheshire Botany Group
Cheshire Freshwater Group
Cheshire Geology Group
Cheshire Herptiles Group
Cheshire Mammal Group
Cheshire Moth Group

Bird lists

Birders love lists, we all know that. So not surprising that there are a few mailing lists, too.

Guernsey Birds: aimed at birdwatchers visiting or resident on the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.
Highland and Moray Birds: sightings and discussion of birds in the Highland and Moray region of Scotland.
hoslist: This list is intended for the discussion of all aspects of birdwatching in Hampshire (UK).
Oxonbirds: for Oxfordshire birders, birdwatchers, birdspotters, call yourself what you will - anyone interested in wild birds (and related subjects) in Oxford and Oxfordshire, England.
Peterbirder: discussion of birdwatching, bird sightings and all other wildlife in Peterborough, UK and the surrounding area.

Specialist groups and others

British Marine Life Study Society Marine Life News Bulletins: monthly news bulletin on British marine life.
Coleoptera: all about what you like to know about beetles alias coleoptera.
The mailing list of the Countryside Management Association.
Environment Jobs: weekly posting of jobs found by Wildlife News in the environmental or nature fields.
The Irish Wildlife Trust is the only non-profit organisation with a broad wildlife and environmental remit in Ireland.
UK Rare Plants: this group is interested in hearing about rare and scarce plant sightings particularly when flowering.
UK Wildlife Rescue: this group has been formed to establish contact between everyone interested in helping wildlife in need.
Wildlife Crime: the wildlifecrime list server is an open list server set up and run by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW).