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 1 April to 2 November, 10.00-17.00, with regular free family events.
From November to March, the garden is open by appointment by calling +44 (0)20 7942 5000, or simply turn up to the Museum and speak with a Visitor Assistant who will arrange it to be opened.
You can learn more about our Wildlife Garden on the Museum's blog.
What can you see in spring?
- Wrens are nesting in the shed.
- Moorhen chicks are growing up fast and can be seen following their parents in the pond area.
- Long-tailed tits are on the lookout for the perfect nest.
- Dragonflies such as large red damselflies will soon emerge and broad-bodied chasers will soon be racing around.
- Bees including the hairy-footed flower bee, chocolate mining bee and red mason bee are buzzing about. The large bee-fly mimics bees and hovers around tubular flowers.
- Watch out for the tawny mining bee around the cherry blossom and fading blackthorn flowers. The big, gingery-red, fluffy females like to nest in burrows in the West Lawn.
- Common spotted-orchid and bee orchid leaf rosettes are appearing on the downland and meadows - the flowers will come out later.
- Primroses and yellow cowslips are in abundance.
- Delicate wood anemones light up the woodland glades and electric-pink cranesbills are brightening up rocky areas.
- Wild garlic is starting to flower and will provide extra nectar for insects.
- Hebrew character moths have been recorded with the use of our moth light trap.
- Butterflies including lemon-yellow brimstones and holly blues have been spotted. Orange-tip butterflies may soon be seen around delicate cuckooflowers.