Unprecedented numbers of plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction – yet many of them have not even been named and described. The natural world holds many secrets that may be lost forever unless urgent work is done to investigate, monitor and conserve its threatened biodiversity.
The Museum is one of the few academic institutions in the UK that is training scientists with the taxonomic skills to take on this vital work.
We are also helping to educate young people through our learning programmes for schools and families. Our aim is to inspire a new generation of citizens who are able to make informed decisions on scientific issues that affect their lives, and are concerned for the welfare of the natural world.