The wildlife collections provide a physical record of Buckinghamshire’s biodiversity. They allow you to view local plants and animals in close-up and to compare and contrast similar species. In this way they complement other forms of wildlife study, representing an important historic record, a valuable aid to identification and a unique resource for highlighting environmental and conservation issues. You can search here
The taxidermy collections include around 600 mounted birds and mammals. It is important to note that the Museum does not kill animals for this collection. Rather they come from animals that have died from natural or accidental causes such as those hit by cars or caught by cats.
The collections also include other material relating to local birds and mammals such as skeletons (mainly skulls), nests, eggs, feeding remains, droppings and other signs
Insects and other invertebrates
The entomology collections include around 26,000 insects. Butterflies, moths and beetles have traditionally been popular with collectors and so make up the bulk of the collection although other insect groups along with snails, spiders and other invertebrates are also represented.
Plants, lichens and fungi
Flowering plants and ferns are kept as herbarium sheets – pressed plants stuck onto paper, of which there are around 7,000. In addition there is a collection of mosses, liverworts and lichens. These are stored loose in small paper packets. There is also a small collection of air dried fungi.
Visiting the collections
If you would like to find out more, or see any of the collection that is not currently on display, you can make an appointment with the collections team, either individually, or as a small group. There may be a charge for this. You may also search the collection on line.