Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum

Roy Vickery

Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum is an inspiration to anyone who wants to create a space for wild plants and animals.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09185 9
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£5.95
Published:
June 2004
Size:
140 x 150 mm
Extent:
64 pp
Illustrations:
Colour photographs throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Buzzing with insects, packed with plants and home to birds, mammals and amphibians, it is hard to believe that the Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum was once an ecologically barren lawn. Now, within this small area of urban land, you will find a wide range of British habitats, incorporating 29 types of rock, hundreds of trees and thousands of other plants.

Spend a year in the garden in the company of herons, foxes, bats, spiders and moths. Follow the seasons from the catkins, yellow primroses and tadpoles of spring through to winter, when mosses and red holly berries offer the only colour. Every stage in the garden's annual cycle is brought to life with the help of a lovely selection of colour photographs on every page. An ideal gift for all nature-lovers and gardeners.

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Wildlife Garden

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Author

Roy Vickery has been involved with the garden from the outset, and has a key role on the development committee that oversees it. 

Roy is Collections Manager in the Museum's Botany Department and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the plants and animals in the Wildlife Garden.

Reviews

Find out what others think of this book.

"This tiny book is a jewel - much as the Wildlife Garden itself, in the heart of London, must be. In just one acre, there are five habitats including a meadow, woodland and a pond that are open to the public in summer. The book is full of beautiful seasonal photographs of the garden and many of the more than 100 species that visit or live in it. An inspiration for anyone wanting to create a wildlife garden at home."

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Magazine

"Go to a museum and what you see is mostly done and dusted. There are exceptions: the San Francisco Exploratorium runs live experiments to the delight of visitors. As Roy Vickery shows in Wildlife Garden, London's Natural History Museum is joining the living science club with a garden to inspire anyone who wants to encourage wildlife. Great idea."

New Scientist

"...charts the successful building of an educational wildlife garden in the museum's grounds. The garden contains five major habitats found in southern England; a hay meadow, ponds and wetland, woodlands including coppice, hedgerow, and chalk grassland! Despite its small size, the garden now boasts a list of more than 350 species of beetle, 462 species of Lepidoptera and hundreds of other invertebrate species, though many are tourists just like the human visitors pouring through the museum's front door....well-written and intended to encourage the reader to investigate wildlife in more detail: we cannot ask for more."

John S. Badmin - British Journal of Entomology and Natural History

About the garden

Since it was created ten years ago the garden has quickly developed into a precious resource for a number of indigenous species. It is also highly valued as a local amenity and recently won the 2002 Wildlife Garden of the Year Award from the Brighter Kensington and Chelsea Scheme. 

Within a single acre of land the museum has created a whole range of different habitats such as meadow, heathland and woodland. 

Despite its location on a busy and polluted street the garden has fast become a home for thriving communities of insects, plants, birds and other animals. 

The greenery and water in the garden sets the scene for an exciting ecological project which is closely monitored by museum scientists and volunteers, providing valuable data on London's flora and fauna. 

For more information, visit Wildlife Garden.

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