24 April 2023
Introducing the Wild British Library
Our current flagship exhibition on our St Pancras site is “Animals: Art, Science and Sound”, covering how the animals sharing our planet with us have been depicted, recorded and investigated by humans. It runs from 21st April to 28th August 2023.
Wildlife is widely represented in the British Library’s remarkable collections.
Yet, wildlife living around the British Library often goes unnoticed and unappreciated.
Wild BL, a series of blog posts, will highlight a range of life forms that live and occasionally move around the British Library’s sites in St Pancras, London and Boston Spa, Yorkshire.
The aim of the series is to inspire new approaches to the ways wildlife and people can thrive together in both cities and in the countryside.
Wild BL will feature what’s going on around the British Library at night and during the day in various wildlife habitats and highlight some of the resources about these wild activities in various British Library collections.
The blog posts are authored by British Library members of staff. Each story reveals where wildlife can be encountered in public areas, so more people can notice and enjoy the presence of various fellow creatures living around the British Library.
Blog readers are encouraged to share their observations in iRecord, a peer-reviewed biodiversity monitoring community-science initiative that connects individual sightings with the National Biodiversity Network. The National Biodiversity Network provides planners and policy makers with evidence for taking biodiversity into consideration in decisions.
By linking wildlife, collections and people, the blog contributes to the British Library’s activities in addressing the biodiversity and climate crises.
Written by Andrea Deri