Find out about the wonderful wildlife that makes the UK its home.
The British Isles are home to an astounding variety of plants and animals - there are over 4,000 species of beetles alone - and new species are still being discovered and arriving here from overseas.
Be inspired to get outdoors with friends and family and learn what's living in your neighbourhood. Uncover threats to native wildlife, including invasive species, and explore what's being done to protect it. Discover how you can help your local nature and opportunities to contribute to conservation efforts and scientific research.
Spring in the UK
A host of lovely flowers are blooming, trees are unfurling their green canopy, ponds are full of frogspawn and birds are doing their best to impress potential mates. It's a great time to explore nature.
Our favourite signs of spring
Museum wildlife experts share their favourite signs spring is here or on its way.
Some wildlife is closer to home than others. Find out about creatures you're likely to encounter in UK towns and cities and explore ways of making your home and garden a more welcoming place for these wild neighbours.
Wildlife at risk
Sadly, not all is well with British wildlife. In fact, we have brought about a devastating state of affairs: 56% of UK species declined between 1970 and 2013.
This is down to a combination of factors, but all of them ours in the making.
Conservation, reintroductions and rewilding
It's not all bad news, however.
Discover positive steps being taken to protect the UK's biodiversity, including the reintroduction of native species driven extinct by human impact, and research informing other conservation opportunities.
Do you want to learn more about your local wildlife and how you can help it thrive? Would you like to develop a new skill or find new ways to explore nature outdoors with your family? You'll find ideas here.
You can also play an important role in monitoring the spread and impact of invasive species and how native wildlife is faring.
New arrivals: non-native and invasive species
The flora and fauna of the UK are ever-changing. For centuries, the addition of new plant life has enhanced British gardens. But some has escaped into the wild and is negatively impacting our native species. Other harmful alien species have been introduced accidentally. The warming climate is also affecting the distribution of species.
Learn more about new arrivals to the UK and invasive species to keep a look out for.
Unexpected sightings and discoveries
Occasionally we get unexpected visitors to our shores, from birds that have been blown off course, to marine life that has strayed from its usual feeding grounds. And there are still new species being discovered, often by amateur naturalists or closer to home than you'd think.
So why not get on out there and see what you can spot?
UK wildlife news
Record numbers of beavers are being introduced to the UK
Return of the beavers will increase British biodiversity and help manage floods.7 April 2021
Brown marmorated stink bugs arrive in the UK and pose threat to crops
The brown marmorated stink bug is a new invasive species in the UK.1 March 2021
Perfectly preserved 4,000-year-old beetles uncovered
A pristine pair of ancient beetles were discovered in the Museum collection. They date back nearly 4,000 years.28 January 2021
Urban Nature Project receives planning permission to transform Museum gardens
Museum gets the go-ahead to transform its five-acre gardens.28 October 2020
Invertebrates, including insects and spiders
Reptiles and amphibians
Plants, including trees and flowers
Fungi and lichens
Along the UK coast
Britain has thousands of kilometres of beautiful coastline. Learn about important coastal and marine habitats and the wildlife they support, and what you might encounter on a walk along the shore.