Living things and their habitats resources
On this page you'll find a variety of films, articles and downloadable resources that can help support the teaching of topics within the Living Things and Their Habitats science units.
Life cycle and food chains
Butterflies emerge from their chrysalises
Watch as a flutter of blue morphos (Morpho peleides) emerge from their pupal state.
Meet the migrating monarchs
Follow the remarkable migration of an iconic butterfly species.
The bizarre love life of the anglerfish
The anglerfish lives in the dark depths of the ocean, which makes finding a mate challenging.
What can survive a wildfire?
We might think of fire as a destructive force, but for some plants it’s the path to perfect growing conditions.
Are spiders good mothers?
Many spiders protect their eggs with a silk pouch, but there's a species of jumping spider that takes things one step further.
Parasite in motion: Schistosomiasis
Our stop-motion video follows the life cycle of Schistosoma, a life-threatening parasite that can live in water, snails and even people.
Naming nature, putting life in order
How do you name and categorise 80 million specimens, let alone all known life on Earth?
Spot the difference: butterfly or moth?
With so many similarities between moths and butterflies, how can we tell the two apart?
A film about Carl Linnaeus
Carl Linnaeus made it his life's work to develop and refine a way to classify and name all life on Earth.
Identification guides and keys
Quizzes and articles
How does a polar bear stay warm?
There is more to polar bear fur than meets the eye. Mammals Curator Roberto Portela Miguez explains.
Show a bit more love to the humble earthworm
There are 27 different species of earthworm in the British Isle, and they have important work to do.
Fungi: undervalued jewels of the urban jungle
Just metres from some of Britain's busiest roads, micro-forests of fungi sprout from the undergrowth.
Join Fred Rumsey, botanist at the Natural History Museum, as he goes in search of wildlife on a spring walk at Warley Place Nature Reserve.
Join botanist Fred Rumsey as he goes on a coastal walk in search of plants living in extreme conditions at West Wittering Beach, West Sussex.
How do rodents carry out 'whisk' assessments?
Dr Robyn Grant explains how dormice use their whiskers to help them navigate at night.
Articles, quizzes and how-tos
Human impact on environments
Goodbye to the baiji, the Yangtze River dolphin
The extraordinary Yangtze River dolphin was the only member of an entire mammal family.
Plants under pressure
The world has more than 380,000 plant species: one in five are at risk of extinction.
Tiger conservation breeding
The future of the tiger is hanging by a thread. Their populations and habitat have halved in the past 20 years and less than 5,000 wild tigers survive.
Images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Naturalists, explorers and expeditions
Borneo biodiversity count
Join a team of Museum scientists as they survey the incredible diversity of insects living in the rainforests of Borneo.
Collecting on the Isles of Scilly
A field trip to the Isles of Scilly to gather fresh, good quality specimens to add to the Museum's collections.
Join a dive to see the largest corals on Earth
Follow the Catlin Seaview Survey team in American Samoa as they dive in search of Big Momma, the world's largest recorded coral.