Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity

Strange bug in the Darwin Centre

Found a strange bug or new plant in your garden, an intriguing animal bone or a fascinating fossil? Drop in and let our dedicated staff help. Or book a visit to study the Centre’s reference collection of UK plants and animals.

Identification and Advisory Service closure

There will be no identification services available in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity on Sunday 2 November. Services will run as usual on Saturday 1 November.

Watch the video to meet staff and see the Centre.

Entrance is free. Booking required.

The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity is on the lower ground floor of the Darwin Centre.

What the Centre for UK Biodiversity offers
  • hub for amateur naturalists, enthusiasts and societies studying British wildlife
  • identification and advisory service
  • fully equipped visitor space for your own research
  • access to our UK reference collections and natural history library
  • workshop and meeting rooms
  • hands-on resources and nature surveys
Identification and Advisory Service (IAS)

Found something unusual? Drop in and let our identification enquiries officers help you identify your find.

Drop-in times: Between 10.00 and 17.30 Monday to Friday and the first Saturday and Sunday of the month (the second after bank holidays).

Identify a find over the phone or by post. Call our dedicated IAS line on +44 (0)20 7942 5045 or send photographs of your objects or specimens to: Identification and Advisory Service, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD.

Online identification forums

Submit photos or descriptions of what you want identified on our online NaturePlus identification forums and our staff and enthusiasts will help.
Visit our NaturePlus identification forums online

Visitor space for research and access to our collections

Pursue your interest in UK natural history and book a visit. Whether you want the help of an enquiries officer or to research a particular specimen, there are over 10,000 drawers of plants, animals, insects, moths and butterflies to study.Book your visit online

Hands-on resources and nature surveys

Discover specimens in the Darwin Centre's collection drawers. Watch how amateur naturalists use the collections and explore interactive displays.

Use your NaturePlus card at the touch-screen displays to collect information to follow up later online.

Register online to join in citizen science and mass participation projects such as the water and seaweed surveys using NaturePlus.