New Environment Secretary visits Centre for UK Biodiversity

20 May 2010

Today, Caroline Spelman, the new UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, visited the Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre and the just launched Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity.

The Secretary of State chose the Museum as the venue to make her first announcement of the policy priorities for her department going forward.

dsgdrRt Hon Caroline Spelman was met by Museum Director Dr Michael Dixon

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman met Museum Director Dr Michael Dixon on a tour of the Darwin Centre

The Rt Hon Caroline Spelman was met by Museum Director Dr Michael Dixon. She then visited the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, which was launched this Tuesday.

The Environment Secretary found out how the new centre is a resource for anyone, amateur or expert, who wants to improve their knowledge and get involved with UK natural history. 

She also learned about the centre’s key role in facilitating and supporting the wide network of groups, partnerships and organisations that work in the field of natural history across the UK.

During a tour of the Darwin Centre’s Cocoon, she was able to see scientists in action and some of the vital plant and insect collections that go back 400 years to the Museum's origins.

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Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity 
Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity

Discover the Centre for UK Biodiversity. It offers a drop-in identification service,  research facilities, and online nature resources. Watch a video and meet the team.

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