DZG’s bird box boost

Throughout half term we’re inviting young visitors to help care for some of the site’s wild birds.

Come and join Discovery Centre staff in decorating bird boxes during the week, which keepers will fix to trees around the zoo’s 40-acre wooded hillside to enhance the population of native birds.


Birds Section Leader, Kellie Piper – pictured with Presenter, Pam Midwood –  said: “We’ve got hundreds of small wild birds around the zoo site including chaffinches, robins, blue tits, long tail tits and nuthatches, which all need to find places to nest in the coming weeks.

“With many of their natural nesting sites fast disappearing it is vital we provide suitable boxes that are safe and warm for them to start laying their eggs in.”

The free arty activity will coincide with National Nest Box Week, where bird lovers are encouraged to add nest boxes into their gardens for the breeding bird population.

Children will be able to paint their box in camouflage colours to help deter predators, which once dry, will be varnished and fixed to suitable trees around the site.

Kellie added: “We hope many of our young visitors will help us decorate the boxes over half term and then hopefully spot their box being used in a few months time.”