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.

Summer highlights and attractions

  • moorhens are feeding their young chicks in and around the ponds
  • azure damselflies patrol the hedges and pond side habitats for their prey
  • purple loose-strife and hemp agrimony are in flower around the ponds, attracting bumble bees and other pollinating insects
  • six-spot burnet moths can be seen on the chalk downland and adjoining meadow areas
  • Jersey tiger moths are on hemp agrimony flowers near the ponds and fen
  • butterflies including red admiral, common blue and brimstone can be seen around the garden
  • goldfinches, greenfinches, robins, robins, wrens and blackirds are just a few of the birds you’ll encounter if you visit
  • in the evening, after the garden is closed, pipistrelle bats hunt midges and other small flies

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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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