A mountain hare in the snow

A mountain hare in the Cairngorm mountains © Sue Berry/

Our researchers are developing new molecular and digital tools for discovering biodiversity.

Our projects

Understanding biodiversity change and finding solutions to help biodiversity recover


Analysing a global database of ecological communities to understand how human activities, such as land use, affect local biodiversity worldwide.

Plants Under Pressure

Measuring how many plant species are threatened with extinction, where these plants grow and why they are threatened.

UK biodiversity

Darwin Tree of Life

Sequencing the DNA barcodes and full genomes of all 66,000+ described UK species.

Urban Nature Project

Making our towns and cities healthy and sustainable places to live.

Brilliant butterflies

Working with local communities to monitor invertebrate communities in chalk grassland sites using traditional visual surveys and environmental DNA methods.


Studying the impact of citizen science projects on the young people involved.

Community science

Answering the big science questions around climate change and the diversity of life requires lots of data that our researchers can't gather alone. 

Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity

Supporting the individuals, schemes and societies that record, monitor and protect the UK's biodiversity.

UK natural history training

Developing training to help you build your skills in identifying and recording UK wildlife.

UK seaweed biodiversity and conservation

Informing algae conservation in the UK with the Museum's algal herbarium collection housing over 60,000 specimens dating back to the 17th century.

British bryozoans

Extending our knowledge of bryozoans that live around the British Isles, and increasing public awareness of this enigmatic group of creatures.

Unlocking the vault: UK plant collections

Extracting flowering time data from our collection of 610,000 British and Irish plant specimens to study the phenology of selected orchid species.

UK species inventory

Bringing all of the standard reference names for all species of flora and fauna in the UK together in one place.

Specialist identification guides for UK wildlife

Vegetative guide to orchids

An aid to identifying 39 orchid species when they are not in flower.

Beginner's vegetative guide to orchids of the British Isles PDF (8.8MB)

British Tenthredo (sawflies)

A pictorial guide to the 30 species of Tenthredo sawfly found in Britain.

Beginner’s guide to identifying British Tenthredo PDF (156MB)

British grasses

A multi-access key to the common families of British grasses, on the Tomorrow's Biodiversity website.

Lichens on twigs

An illustrated interactive guide to more than 60 lichens.


A guide to 38 of Britain's most recognisable ichneumonid wasps.

Beginner's guide to identifying British ichneumonids PDF (7.8MB)

Image credits: Three Little Owls in the hollow of a tree © Shutterstock/Coatesy