Genomes of all 66,000 UK species of plants, animals and fungi to be sequenced
1 November 2018
The project will help us understand how the natural world is changing.
Spider webs: not just for Halloween
31 October 2018
Explore seven common styles of spider web and discover the arachnids that make them.
Kelp dredging in Scotland would be a 'disaster' for British coasts
30 October 2018
A proposed plan to mechanically dredge kelp in Scotland would destroy a unique habitat.
Why harlequin ladybirds are invading our homes
23 October 2018
In autumn they seek somewhere to hibernate.
Bye-bye dark sky: is light pollution costing us more than just the night-time?
16 November 2018
Help local wildlife, see more stars and get better rest - just a few compelling reasons to join the dark side
You are probably completely unaware of the largest wildlife crime in Europe
11 October 2018
The illegal trade of European eels is worth up to £3.5 billion a year.
More than a quarter of fish in the Thames Estuary are eating plastic
9 October 2018
A study has found that 28% of fish living in the Thames Estuary have eaten microplastics.
Why Asian hornets are bad news for British bees
4 October 2018
A Museum expert explains how this invasive species could cause big problems for beekeepers in Britain.
What do wasps do?
2 October 2018
Wasps and humans may have a rocky relationship. But should these insects be revered rather than feared?
Could storms be behind the lost beluga in the Thames?
26 September 2018
Experts think it is likely that the beluga came from the direction of Svalbard off Norway.
Dormice use their whiskers to 'see' in the dark
24 September 2018
Find out how these arboreal rodents use their whiskers to navigate at night.
Water voles return to Exmoor for the first time in 30 years
13 September 2018
The rodents are being reintroduced in the hope of starting a new colony.
360° urban nature search
29 August 2018
Join a bioblitz search for local wildlife in the ruins of Weoley Castle, Birmingham.
There's more to birdsong than meets the ears
27 August 2018
Would a pigeon in London sound the same as a pigeon in Birmingham?
Is 2018 a bumper year for wasps?
24 August 2018
It's been a long, hot summer and now that August is drawing to a close, wasps are out in full force.
Should we be scared of British snakes?
23 August 2018
There are four species of snake found in Britain - but are they dangerous to humans?
More whales and dolphins than ever spotted in the UK
7 August 2018
It has been a record year for cetacean sightings in the waters around Britain.
You can name the Museum's cutest members of staff
31 August 2018
Three lambs have been born to the Museum's sheep, and you can name them.
Are horsefly bites on the rise?
16 July 2018
As the weather warms up the UK is often swarmed with reports of biting horseflies. A Museum fly expert explains what is going on.
Risso's dolphin on Great Yarmouth beach is latest UK stranding
25 May 2018
A dolphin that washed up on a beach in Norfolk is one of the latest cetaceans to strand.
Out of the woodwork: the great capricorn beetle
11 June 2018
Meet the beetles that were unexpectedly found in Cambridgeshire, despite having been extinct in Britain for thousands of years.
The caterpillars causing allergic reactions in London
2 May 2018
The Forestry Commission has issued an alert about an outbreak of toxic OPM caterpillars in London.
A gardener's guide to butterfly-friendly plants
27 April 2018
Find out which plants will encourage colourful visitors to your garden.
Just one spore could kill Europe's last ash trees
23 April 2018
Scientists believe that the arrival of just one more ash dieback spore could kill off Europe's remaining ash trees.
Scientist turns detective to identify mysterious moth
26 March 2018
The arrival of a tiny moth in the Wildlife Garden sparked a scientific search of London.
New bee species in London garden generates buzz
9 January 2018
A new British bee has turned out to be an overlooked, long-time resident.
How dangerous are false widow spiders?
15 December 2017
Every autumn there are reports of false widow spiders becoming uninvited eight-legged houseguests across the UK.
Unravelling the DNA of British wildlife
11 December 2017
British species of shark, scallop and bee will have their genome sequenced for the first time, thanks to the efforts of Museum scientists.
When worlds collide: the lesson of the great auk
16 May 2018
The demise of the great auk is a lesson in what can happen when human greed runs rampant.
Cabbage versus clam: you pick the winner
15 November 2017
The public have the chance to vote in a major genetics project helping scientists to understand more about important British species.
Why do wasps build nests?
11 October 2017
Most social wasps aren't fussy when it comes to finding a spot to settle down.
New native British beetle found in ancient Scottish forests
28 September 2017
A chemist who collects insects as a pastime has spotted what generations of British entomologists have missed: a native British beetle, living in ancient Scottish pine forests.
New beetle for Britain is pear tree pest
25 September 2017
An invasive species of European beetle has been found preying on pear trees in Kent orchards.
A year of British garden wildlife
21 July 2017
Join the team from BBC TV programme The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn to uncover some of the hidden wildlife you could spot throughout the year.
Nature on our doorstep: the art of British natural history
17 March 2017
For more than 300 years, Britain's wildlife has captivated scientists and artists alike.
Nine wildlife photography tips for beginners
6 March 2017
Getting into wildlife photography? Boost your game with hints from Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalists.
Butterflies emerging earlier due to rising temperatures
8 December 2016
More than 90% of British butterflies emerge earlier in years with a warm spring or summer - potentially too early for the plants they eat.
New bee species breeding in Britain
17 October 2016
A bee species more commonly found in continental Europe has been spotted in Britain for the first time.
Toxic talents of Britain's cyanide moths
14 July 2016
Drowsy caterpillars are transforming into moths with a cunning skill - producing their own cyanide.
Diamondback moths: an epic journey
9 June 2016
Miniscule moths are using the power of wind to soar over oceans and continents.
The tiniest moths in the world
9 February 2017
Discover the microscopic dimensions of the smallest moths on the planet.
Water voles colonised Britain in two waves
28 April 2016
Did English and Scottish water voles arrive in Britain at the same time, or did later English colonisers displace the earlier arrivals? New research unpicks data spanning 28,000 years.
How to attract butterflies to your garden
11 April 2016
Filling your garden with insects will make your flowerbeds beautiful and support biodiversity. Ecologist Larissa Cooper explains how.
New citizen science project targets earthworms
5 April 2016
A citizen science survey launched today asks the British public to gather data on the humble earthworm, an 'ecosystem engineer' vital to the health of our soils.
Sneaky orchids manipulate bees for pollination
30 July 2015
Discover the flowers that go to extraordinary lengths to attract insect pollinators.
Amazonian artwork by pioneers of evolutionary theory now online
7 July 2015
Scientific artwork by Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates - two of the most important nineteenth-century biologists and natural history collectors - is available online for the first time.
Shining seaweeds reveal the secret to their iridescence
3 July 2015
The common British seaweed Irish moss displays a blue shine using unique structures that bend light, according to a new study.
Beautiful British orchids: is climate change affecting them?
31 August 2016
Dr Mark Spencer explains why it's important to find out.
Earthworms: humble underground heroes
9 May 2015
Museum scientist and champion of earthworms Emma Sherlock shares her passion for these vital invertebrates.
Sharing the Museum collection, one butterfly at a time
30 April 2015
Digitising our collection is leading to breakthroughs in our understanding of the natural world.
Spot UK orchids and help research climate change impact
23 April 2015
Look out for orchids and help scientists see how climate change is affecting flowering times.
Little green men spotted in Britain?
5 March 2015
You don’t have to go to exotic locations to see weird and wonderful wildlife.
Scientific garden to show at Malvern Spring Festival
19 February 2015
Britain’s crop wild relatives will feature in the first scientific garden to show at the Royal Horticultural Society event.
Hidden ecosystems explored with the help of UK schools
14 January 2015
Schools across the UK can now collaborate with the Museum on cutting-edge genetic research into the diversity of microscopic species living on buildings.
Isles of Scilly field trip: collecting specimens, measuring change
8 January 2015
Museum scientists travelled to the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, to collect fresh specimens to improve our collections.
Finding love on the web
Spiders may seem scary, but most of them are just looking for love. Read some dating profiles of spiders searching for the perfect mate.
Invasion of the giant spiders? Not quite
17 October 2014
Are giant spiders invading Britain's homes? Find out if that eight-legged beast in your bathtub is dangerous with Museum expert Stuart Hine.
Survey debunks myth of 'flying ant day'
23 July 2014
Warm humid weather means clouds of flying ants, probably several times this summer.
Sink your teeth into our bat festival
4 July 2014
Join us this weekend for events and activities celebrating the secret lives of bats.
Jonathan Ross launches National Insect Week at the Museum
24 June 2014
A week of events celebrating insects begins in the Wildlife Garden.
Museum launches tree identification app
22 May 2014
Created by Museum botanists, Leafsnap UK helps users match leaves to their trees.
How to identify a cockchafer May bug
24 May 2018
It has a hairy body, orange fan-like antennae and eats roots. Watch the video to find out more.
Invasion of the Asian hornet? Not yet!
Vespa velutina is travelling through France, but has not yet been seen in the UK.
Bee-flies and false widow spiders confound public
16 April 2014
Spring flies that mimic bees make their annual appearance in our identification unit.
Found: one beaver
12 February 2018
Mystery beaver spotted in Devon could be the first wild case recorded in England since they were hunted to extinction.
Museum botanist issues warnings on invasive species
Dr Mark Spencer gives evidence to Parliamentary committee on environmental impact of invasive non-native species.
Listening to birdsong a forgotten pleasure
Survey suggests few of us recognise the sounds of garden birds.