Work has begun on the redevelopment of the Natural History Museum’s gardens as part of its Urban Nature Project. This is the first step in transforming the five-acre site into a free-to-visit green space in the heart of London. Work was started by moving pond flora and fauna to temporary homes, the first step in reinvigorating the wetland system in the gardens. To help preserve the gardens’ biodiversity, a team worked to collect plants from the current ponds so that they can be replanted after the construction period. To protect aquatic biodiversity, water, plants, invertebrates and sediment will be stored in temporary homes over the winter, allowing them to thrive when moved back to new ponds in spring. More information on the pond relocation works here.