Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity
Are you fascinated by the natural history of the UK? Investigate all aspects of the natural world - from insects and plants to fossils and minerals - with the help of our staff, facilities and resources.
One of the centre's key roles is to support the individuals, schemes and societies that record, monitor and protect the UK’s biodiversity.
Facilities, services and resources
- Identification and Advisory Service
- fully equipped visitor space (includes microscopes and photo-stacking equipment for photographing specimens)
- access to UK biodiversity reference collections
- the London Natural History Society’s library
- workshop space and meeting rooms
If you wish to use the facilities or reference collections, please book a visit.
Identification and Advisory Service
Get help identifying your natural history finds. Our dedicated team can give advice about wildlife, fossils and other natural history specimens either face-to-face, over the phone, by post or on our online forums.
UK biodiversity reference collections
Use the centre’s reference collections, equipment and library resources to help with your own identifications and research. We can also provide you with access to the Museum’s UK collections of plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals.
If you have specific research needs then please email us.
Other ways we can help you develop your interests and skills
Along with coordinating the Museum’s citizen science activities, staff at the centre conduct research and develop resources to help individuals and societies organise their own projects.
Our staff provide training in identification and wildlife recording skills, and manage a directory of nature groups. We also liaise with taxonomic experts to compile checklists of plant and animal species' names for the UK species inventory.
Visiting the centre
Book a visit to use the facilities or collections.
Drop-in ID service
Weekdays and the first Saturday of the month (or the second Saturday after bank holiday weekends), 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00.
Where to find us
On the lower ground floor of the Darwin Centre. See the floor plan.