Eden Project Humid Tropics Biome
If you click on the picture to the left it will expand and in
the middle of the picture you will get some idea of the size of the
biomes at the Eden Project.
See how small the people are compared to the largest greenhouse
in the world!
Another way to look at it is to realise that the Tower of London
could fit into the Humid Tropics Biome with room to spare.
The dimensions of the biome are 50m high, 240m long and 110m wide.
That gives a ground coverage of just over 26,000 sqm.
The dome shape results in an extremely strong structure
which needs no internal support.
Useful Information Before Entering
The Humid Tropics Biome is designed to mimic conditions in the hot and
wet tropical areas. So not surprisingly it's warm and very humid. During
the day the humidity is set 60% (at night it's 90%) and it's the
humidity that can get to some people!
Take a bottle of water or soft drink in with you, you'll drink more
than that in the hour or so that it takes to appreciate just some of
what the Humid Tropic biome contains.
There are water fountains at several places along the paths so once
you have finished your soft drink, top up the bottle as you go through.
Halfway up the path when the humidity is almost unbearable there is a
cool room for emergencies. Some people, like me, can be affected by the
humidity and heat. If it is getting to you, spend a few minutes in this
ice cold room to settle down.
If things get really bad, very unusual, then there is an emergency
exit on the way up as well. Wear sensible clothing, the less the better.
Go slow as well, that way you will be able to appreciate much more
without boiling over.
Inside The Humid Tropics Biome at Eden Project
There is a main path through this biome which leads you very near to
the top and then leads you back down again. Along the way there are lots
of diversionary paths leading you off the main track and back onto it.
One of the star features is a real waterfall running
down the biome.
You can hear the sound of it over rocks as you get about a third
of the way up. Click either picture to enlarge it and see more
In order to keep down the level of bugs in a natural way,
various small animals have been introduced such as lizards, geckos
and preying mantis. You will see a few of them as you go through.
None are dangerous.
A few British robins have also managed to enter the Humid Tropics