DZG highlighted the importance of natural habitats for native wildlife by growing our own mini meadow over the summer.
By signing up to BIAZA’s (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Grab That Gap campaign, we transformed an empty patch of land by the peccary enclosure into a carpet of colour complete with poppies, daisies and cornflowers, after planting wildflower seeds earlier this year.
DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, pictured below, said: “The flowers looked wonderful over the summer and attracted bees, hoverflies and butterflies and hopefully they’ll grow back next year once the seeds have dropped.”
The initiative, which is the second one BIAZA has run, aims to encourage visitors to plant up their own spaces to support native species and highlight how much of a difference even the smallest of areas can have.
Chris added: “Wildflower meadows are extremely important as numbers of pollinators, especially bees and butterflies are decreasing and we need these for their many environmental benefits.
“We’ll definitely be signing up for next year’s campaign, but are planning on extending these wild meadows across the zoo site.”