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 April 1 to early November, 10.00-17.00, with regular free family events. Visits are welcome by arrangement during the winter months. To arrange a visit please call 020 7942 5000, ask at the main information desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about our Wildlife Garden on the Museum's blog.
Late summer in the garden
- speckled wood butterflies may be spotted along woodland edges
- the small but noisy coal tits may be heard in the woodland canopy
- dragonflies including Migrant hawker, common and ruddy darters can be seen around the ponds together with and willow emerald damselflies
- purple loosestrife, hemp agrimony and wild angelica are still in flower in the fen and around the pond margins
- rose hips, elderberries and blackberries in the hedgerows provide food for birds and insects
- blackbirds are gorging on rowan berries
- grassland is recovering from the hot weather, and will be grazed by our sheep from 12 September
- heather and dwarf gorse provide a colourful display and nectar source for bees, wasps and flies