Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity

View into the 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.

Nature groups

Do you run a nature society or recording scheme? Join the Nature Groups Near You directory to attract new members.


Are you passionate about the UK’s wildlife? Our new training programme will equip you with the skills you need to identify and survey species, and train the next generation of experts.

UK species inventory

The inventory aims to bring all of the names for a given UK species together in one place, to ensure accurate recording and tracking of UK biodiversity.

Find a nature group near you and get involved