A deluxe donation

Some of DZG’s tiniest native critters have a new deluxe home, thanks to talented members of a Dudley charity.

Woodside Crafts, based in King Street, which supports adults with mental health and learning difficulties, has donated a wall-hanging handmade bug house to us and it’s already filling up with occupants!

DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “The wooden bug house is wonderful and contains so many elements to provide a safe haven for the likes of flies, beetles, bees, butterflies and spiders.

“We’re so thankful to Woodside Crafts for the generous donation, which came about after the Director’s son took part in a Keeper for a Day experience and heard about the conservation work we do.

“We’ve installed it on the back of the Reptile House, which is located near an area we know has solitary bees and we’ve already spotted a few spider webs on it, so it’s being used!”

There are more than 24,000 species of insect in the UK and they’re the most diverse and ecologically important group of animals, as they eat pests, pollinate plants as well as attracting other wildlife, so we’re keen to encourage them on site.

Woodside Crafts Director, Chris George, pictured right with DZG Senior Keeper, Stacey Ball, said: “Not only does art provide a means of recovery but working in conservation and animal welfare promotes mental wellbeing also.

“Several decided to design and make the bug house as a way to not only promote conservation but also to support the zoo, which is a place we often visit.

“Hopefully we’ll look forward to many more trips to the zoo and designing more bug hotels.”