Wild about Portsmouth
There's a buzz around Cumberland House Natural History Museum as visitors flock to see the new observational beehive. Up to 9,000 European Honey Bees live in a colony in the hive, producing honey combs and raising their young.
They enter and leave via a short tunnel that connects the hive to the museum gardens and its bee-friendly plants. Visit the hive to watch the bees at work. If you're lucky you might spot the queen bee who is larger than the others and has a mark on her back.
The bees are at their buzziest in the summer when the weather is warm.
Please note: The bees have now been returned to the hive following essential repairs.
The Butterfly House is open following an extensive modernisation project. The transformed greenhouse is now capable of hosting large volumes of neo-tropical butterflies during the warm summer months. Even when there are no butterflies to observe, visitors can still see the rich plant life that also resides inside.
Butterfly Season is May - September and there are currently butterflies on the wing.