Wildlife Garden

Wildlife Garden

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Explore nature in our flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city.

The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna. More than 3,130 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995.

The Wildlife Garden is open daily from April 1 to early November, 10.00-17.00, with regular free family events. Visits are welcome by arrangement during the winter months. To arrange a visit please call 020 7942 5000, ask at the main information desk or email wildlifegarden@nhm.ac.uk.

You can learn more about our Wildlife Garden on the Museum's blog.

Autumn highlights and attractions

  • sheep graze the meadow and chalk downland areas
  • the subdued colours of purple heathland heathers and are still eye-catching
  • goldcrest, coaltits and grey wagtail may be spotted from time to time
  • rose hips and bright pink spindle berries can be seen amongst shrubs and hedges
  • robins, wrens and blackbirds are easy to spot
  • fungi include earthstar and coral fungus
  • lime, cherry and willow leaves are turning yellow
  • beech, hornbeam, cherry, field maple and silver birch and other native trees are turning a gorgeous variety of yellows, golds and browns
  • small mammals are rustling among the fallen leaves

Galleries and Museum map

Discover what you can see and do in our other galleries, and find out how to get around with our Museum map.

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Learn more

Discover six-spot burnet moths in the Wildlife Garden and learn about their talent for producing cyanide.

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Get involved as a Wildlife Garden volunteer

We are currently seeking Wildlife Garden volunteers. Express an interest in signing up as a volunteer this winter by downloading this form. (PDF, 114kb)

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