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.

Summer in the garden

  • Recently fledged long-tailed tits may be spotted in the woodland canopy.
  • Moorhen chicks are growing up fast and can be seen in the yellow-iris fringed ponds.
  • Red kite and common swift were spotted flying over the garden.
  • Buttercups, yellow rattle, oxeye daisies and many species of grass are in flower in grassland areas.
  • Common spotted-orchids are flowering in the meadow.
  • Six-spot burnet moth caterpillars may be observed on the chalk downland.
  • Watch out for brimstone and holly blue butterflies and cinnebar moths.
  • Dragonflies including large red damselfly, azure damselfly and broad-bodied chaser can be seen around the ponds.
  • Look out for hedgerow and woodland edge flowers - dog rose, sweet briar, elderflower, guelder rose and others.

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

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