Half term bird survey

Throughout half term we’re inviting young visitors to discover more about the site’s wild birds.

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And there’s a chance to win an adoption for Echo the barn owl and a selection of wild bird goodies by taking part in a bird survey.

Presenter Dorrie Hall, pictured above with Echo, said: “We’ve got lots of small wild birds around the 40-acre wooded hillside site so we’re challenging our young visitors to keep their eyes peeled for several of the species of birds they’ll see on the zoo during their visit.

“We’ve selected birds that the children will be able to easily identify and mark off each time they spot them.”

dzg_nest_box_weekThe survey, which can be collected from the Discovery Centre, coincides with National Nest Box Week (February 14 – 21), where bird lovers are encouraged to add nest boxes into their garden for the breeding bird population.

Completed forms need to be left in the Safari Gift Shop and for a chance to win the owl adoption package, young visitors need to answer a prize draw question on the sheet.

There will also be a range of themed crafts running throughout the week in the Discovery Centre, including bird bunting and colouring-in sheets and the chance to learn all about National Nest Box Week and the best types of nest box to use for different species with a colourful display board.

Dorrie added: “We’ve got lots going-on at DZG throughout half term, including additional animal talks and feeds and there’s the chance to learn how to help wild barn owls by coming to see Echo in the daily Go Wild! Show at 2.15pm.