native species

Providing Valentine love nests!

Here at DZG we’re as passionate about our native species as we are about our exotic animals. And this Valentine’s Day we’re making sure we’re providing ideal love nests for our feathered friends ready for the forthcoming breeding season, which typically starts around March-time. To launch National Nest Box Week staff have installed a number Continue reading Providing Valentine love nests!

Surveying birds

We’re highlighting the world’s biggest wildlife survey this weekend with the Big Garden Birdwatch. DZG visitors can find out more about the annual RSPB count on Saturday and Sunday, as we welcome representatives on site who’ll be running bird-themed activities and encouraging members of the public to survey feathered friends in their own gardens at Continue reading Surveying birds

Beautiful native birds

We’ve been surveying the native birds living on our 40-acre site with help from Brewood Ringers and discovered some real beauties. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson and Customer Services Team Member and trainee bird ringer, Emma Dingley, alongside Brewood group members spent four hours on site collecting data about our feathered friends. They caught five Continue reading Beautiful native birds

Watch bird ringing today

We’re teaming up with Brewood Ringers today, who’ll be on-site demonstrating bird ringing to visitors. The group will be safely catching some of our small wild birds in the off-show woodland behind the giraffe and kangaroo enclosures using feeding stations and mist nests, before showing visitors how they record information about the birds before ringing Continue reading Watch bird ringing today

Surveying bats

DZG staff joined forces with conservation group, BrumBats, to survey the wild bats across the 40-acre zoo site. The group, also known as the Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, spent two hours surveying bats living in and around two on-site caverns. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “It went really well. We started just Continue reading Surveying bats

Paw of approval!

The site’s native wildlife left their paw of approval on construction work for the new anteater enclosure. As part of the new exhibit, DZG’s maintenance team have laid a concrete base for a new walk-in viewing area, similar to the one in the lar gibbon enclosure, which will allow visitors to see into the anteater Continue reading Paw of approval!

Extending native species work

DZG extended its work with native species by helping clear a piece of important ecological land on our doorstep. Working alongside Dudley Countryside Services, our Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson helped clear Peggy’s Meadow – located between DZG and the Black Country Living Museum. Chris said: “The land is a natural meadow and is listed as a Continue reading Extending native species work

Feed the birds!

The weather’s turning colder and here at DZG we’re looking out for our feathered friends. We’ve got hundreds of native small wild birds around the zoo site including chaffinches, robins, blue tits, long tail tits and nuthatches who all need a helping hand at this time of year to keep warm. Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson Continue reading Feed the birds!