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Home Museums Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Go on a local natural history adventure

Fossil Grove at Victoria Park

Victoria Park is home to some of the most spectacular and rare fossils in the British Isles.

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Glasgow Museums natural history collection

Explore Glasgow Museums natural history collection.

Natural History Collections

Whilst in Glasgow Dippy is going to learn about the local natural history in and around Scotland – why not join him on his Scottish natural history adventure?

Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

Glasgow’s oldest visitor attraction. The fossilised stumps and roots of part of a forest which periodically covered much of what is now central Scotland over 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous Period (even older than Dippy!).

There are many other geological sites around the Glasgow area – and some interesting sites are highlighted on the GSG website

Dippy’s relatives

Dippy is looking forward to learning about some of his distant relatives that once lived or may have lived in what is now Scotland.

There are some dinosaur remains in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. These include individual bones etc found on the Isle of Skye.

In Kelvingrove Museum is an articulated skeleton of a dinosaur. This specimen is a cast of an original fossil skeleton of the theropod dinosaur Ceratosaurus nasticornis discovered at Bone Cabin Quarry West, Albany Co., Wyoming, USA in 1996. It is from the Morrison Formation of Late Jurassic age.

Glasgow’s a great place for wildlife.

Over 6,600 different species of animals and plants have so far been reported from within the city boundary, and recorded at Glasgow Museums Biological Records Centre. We’ll be doing a Bioblitz in Kelvingrove Park in April, to see if we can record any new ones!

There are 12 Local Nature Reserves, and many more other Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. View a map of them.

And if that’s not enough there is lots more to learn about including some of the oldest rocks in Britain and how our feathered friends of the RSPB were related to the dinosaurs. Check out our family events programme for fun talks and workshops where you can learn all about this and more!