Meet at the Information desk (by Victoria Plaza café) at 11.15am.
Included with entry to the Gardens.
Reserve your spot at any entry gate from 10am on the day
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During the guided tour you'll meet Kew's knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and visit areas of the Gardens not normally seen by the public. You'll gain an insight into different aspects of work that Kew undertakes in areas of science, horticulture and conservation.
Get your tour ticket from any entry gate from 10am on the day of the tour.
Carnivorous plants are adapted to attract, capture and digest a variety of animals - from insects to amphibians, and even small mammals.
It's an extraordinary example of 100 million years of evolution. Plants that are not closely related have evolved similar features, so that they can survive in nutrient deficient environments.
We have a large collection of carnivorous plants at Kew - mainly growing in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, but we also grow them behind the scenes in the Tropical Nursery.
Kew scientists have discovered and named many carnivorous plant species, and they also investigate how these plants trap and digest animals.
Carnivorous plants often grow in bogs and moist environments with acidic soils that are deficient in nutrients like nitrogen.
They've developed some clever mechanisms to catch prey so they can get the nutrients they need:
There are many threats to carnivorous plants across the world. These include habitat loss caused by agriculture, pollution, habitat changes and wild plant collection.
Only 17.5% of carnivorous plants have been evaluated to determine their extinction threat. Twenty-nine of these species are listed as endangered and 41 are considered vulnerable.
It's important that we protect carnivorous plants, as they have features that benefit humans and ecosystems. For example, some bladdworts (Utricularia) consume the larval stages of human schistosome (snail fever) and malaria carriers such as mosquitoes. Consumption of flies and midges also helps to balance ecosystems.