V Factor

From visitor to volunteer

V Factor

V Factor volunteers are working alongside Museum scientists to help us better understand the distribution and impact of Bryozoa, or moss animals, in Britain.

Please note: we have now filled our V Factor places for the year-long British Bryozoa collaboration. 

See our volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area of the state-of-the-art Darwin Centre Cocoon every Thursday. 

Cocoon from below

Darwin Centre Cocoon

V Factor is your chance to support collection-based Museum projects, work with world-leading scientists, and transform yourself from visitor to proactive volunteer.

Volunteers will assist our bryozoologists in curating, digitising and cataloguing British bryozoan specimens.

Comparatively little is known about these native moss animals, with just over 350 species recorded in the British Isles.

Your work will help us generate a baseline for local species pools of bryozoans and contribute to the study of climate change and the spread of invasive species.

More about British Byrozoa

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Try some science at home

Take home our Biota in a Box to spot bryozoans on British scallop shells and explore the impact of ocean acidification.

This is a free loan service with activities and experiments for groups of up to eight people. Boxes are available from the Darwin Centre and can be loaned for up to three weeks.

Biota in a Box