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 and more than 2,600 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995.

Highlights and attractions

  • Lady’s bedstraw, field scabious and wild carrot are in flower on the chalk downland
  • Speckled woods, red admirals, meadow browns and large white butterflies can be seen on sunny days
  • Common darter dragonflies and azure damselflies are regularly seen around the ponds
  • Purple loosestrife, hemp agrimony and great willowherb attract bees and other pollinators
  • Fledgling wrens and blue tits can be heard calling throughout the garden
  • Now is the time to look out for the Jersey tiger moth

The Wildlife Garden is open daily from 24 March to early November, with regular free family events. Visits are welcome by arrangement during the winter months - just ask at an information desk inside the Museum or email wildlifegarden@nhm.ac.uk.

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

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