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 - 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.

Early summer highlights and attractions

  • moorhens are feeding their young chicks in and around the ponds
  • large red damselflies and azure damselflies patrol the hedges and pond side habitats for their prey
  • red admiral and comma butterflies can be seen in meadow areas
  • common spotted orchids bloom in the meadow, chalk downland and woodland glade
  • bee orchids can still be seen on the chalk downland
  • white water lilies are now in flower in the main pond
  • butterflies including holly blue, red admiral and commas can be seen on sunny days
  • in the evening, after the garden is closed, pipistrelle bats hunt midges and other small flies

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Visit the Museum's award-winning Wildlife Garden and enjoy a hive of displays and activities about pollinators on 17 and 18 June.

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

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