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birmingham botanical gardensA major conservation project embracing animals and the eco-system has led to a working partnership between DZG and Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Education staff spread the flora fauna message with a series of talks at our ancient Castle Hill site and an exchange programme has been set up between DZG and the Birmingham gardens to gain a better understanding of conservation and share knowledge about plants and animals.

Conservation isn’t just about animals, but the whole ecological system. DZG has several very old trees within the grounds and a collection of interesting and unusual plants in our sensory garden.

Trees, flowers and bushes are just as important as animal species in the ecosystem and our partnership enables us to explore the fascinating world of plants.girl studying flora

The partnership has also inspired workshops and led to the launch of a series of educational talks based on people who lived at Dudley Castle between 1071 and the great fire of 1750, which destroyed much of the Tudor site.

The talks explore the myths surrounding various flowers and animals, and consider the medicinal properties of plants that have been used for healing throughout the centuries.

Our Education team also talk about this during Horrible History workshops for students.

Native species planting programme

A survey across DZG's woodland has launched a native species planting programme. Many of the site's trees were planted more than one hundred years ago and are now nearing the end of their natural life, in particular species such as sycamore, ash and beech.

planting saplingsThe report, across the whole of the site, highlighted areas requiring replanting and heralds the introduction of a programme with native species, including silver birch and oak.

In the mid-1990s a large section of DZG’s woodland was replanted as part of an Urban Forest project, but the size and nature of the site requires constant maintenance which is carried out by a team of in-house gardeners who also oversee tree management and regular safety checks.

Management of invertebrates’ habitat improves conditions for a great number of species including various dragonflies and damselflies, rich populations of cranefly, and a wide variety of butterflies and moths including elephant and privet hawk and ghost swift.nesting boxes

Volunteers

Our talented team of volunteers also makes a steady supply of nesting boxes which has attracted a variety of native species to our woodland.

YOU could be a volunteer at DZG, one of the country’s busiest zoos, we’re always on the lookout for people with a variety of skills who are able to commit to one or two days a week on site.