Invertebrate zoology

Shells

The museum houses approximately 1.1 million specimens of insects, spiders, shells and other invertebrates and is one of the major collections of its type in the UK.

After the insect collections were virtually destroyed in 1941, the subsequent proactive acquisition of specimens, especially over the last 25 years, has allowed us to assemble a regionally, nationally and internationally important collection. Much of this collection is relatively modern and supports and underpins contemporary wildlife conservation and biodiversity research. In addition, there are biological records, archives, insect models and an extensive library.

Collection areas