Whether you find a strange creature in your bath, a new plant in your garden, an unusual object on the beach, a fascinating fossil or beautiful mineral, our dedicated staff will help identify it for you. We run an Identification and Advisory Service through the Centre. We are open for drop in enquiries Monday to Friday, and the first Saturday and Sunday of the month (the second after bank holidays).
The Centre for UK Biodiversity only handles identification enquiries. If you have an enquiry about the Museum's collections, or a commercial enquiry, please visit the science consulting pages.
If you've found an animal, plant, fossil or mineral that you can't identify then send your enquiry to our experts using this form.
How do you tell a hairy-footed flower bee from a red-tailed bumblebee, or a chestnut worm from a compost worm? Find out in the Museum's identification guides.
Ask questions and share identification tips about all types of British bugs, from bees to beetles and wasps to woodlice. Museum insect-experts are on hand to answer your questions.
Find out how to visit the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity and what facilities you can find there.