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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

  • Red campion, sanicle, wood avens, wood millet and other woodland plants are in flower
  • Dog rose, wayfaring tree and guelder-rose are blooming in the hedgerows
  • Meadow buttercups, oxeye daisies, common spotted orchids can be seen in the meadow
  • Salad burnet, wild thyme, kidney vetch and yellow rattle are in flower on the chalk downland
  • Speckled wood and holly blue butterflies are regularly seen on sunny days
  • Moorhens are feeding their young chicks on the ponds and surrounding habitats
  • Fledgling wrens and blue tits can be heard calling throughout the garden

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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