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 March to November, 10.00-17.00, with regular free family events.
From December to February, the garden is open by appointment by calling +44 (0)20 7942 5000, or simply turn up to the Museum and speak with a Visitor Assistant who will arrange it to be opened.
You can learn more about our Wildlife Garden on the Museum's blog.
What can you see in winter?
- the garden is looking festive with mistletoe berries – find them near the orchard and the willows by the main pond
- lichens are more striking now that most of the leaves have fallen – try looking for the chestnut paling by the meadow for green, bushy oakmoss, minutely-sculpted yellow Candelaria concolor and the apple tree branches for leafy, golden-grey Xanthoria parietina (common orange lichen)
- check fallen plane tree bark for common orange lichen that has been affected by the lichenicolous fungus which looks like tiny salmon-pink spots
- see fungi, including rosettes of earthstar fungi in the woodland leaf litter, and slender grey and black candlesnuff fungus
- birds are more visible with pairs of noisy coal tit and groups of long-tailed tit busily feeding and moorhens under the feeders, in the ponds and meadow
- bird tracks and footprints have been spotted and the recently predated remains of fieldfare, seen in winter, shows that a peregrine had visited
- amphibians sheltering beneath leaves and wood piles
- beautiful leaf colours and rowan and spindle berries