Forming a conservation community

DZG hosted its first ever Community Conservation Forum attended by a variety of local nature groups.

Organised by Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, the event allowed participants to meet each other, share information and discuss ways to improve local breeding sites.

Groups taking part included Brumbats, Sandnats (Sandwell Valley Naturalists) and a host of park and reserve Friends groups including Mary Stevens Park, Wren’s Nest, Silver Jubilee Park, Stevens Park and Leasowes.

Chris said: “I contacted local nature groups who I’ve been working with as well as the Dudley park and reserve managers who approached their groups and users.

“It was really useful to meet everyone and introduce people to one another and hopefully we can work together in the future. We’d like to run a community conservation event during the summer holidays here at the zoo, so watch this space!”