We’re hoping to give a helping hand to our native feathered friends ahead of the forthcoming breeding season. Coinciding with National Nest Box Week we’re installing two barn owl boxes by the chimpanzee enclosure as we’ve spotted the birds of prey flying around the lower part of the 40-acre zoo. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson … Continue reading Helping hands for feathered friends
Night vision camera traps have captured a family of badgers who have made DZG their home. The native black-and-white mammals have moved into an old enclosure on site and trigger motion equipment has filmed a family of six appearing from their underground sett. The footage is great news for our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, who … Continue reading Night-time native visitors
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!
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
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
DZG visitors got up close to a number of native feathered friends during bird ringing demonstrations. Brewood Ringers spent a day on site during half term, led by our Customer Services Team Member and trainee bird ringer, Emma Dingley, as they showed members of the public how they catch some of the zoo site’s small … Continue reading Successful bird ringing
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
We’re continuing our Big Bug Bonanza by helping boost one of Britain’s most threatened moth species. We first began working with the barberry carpet moth in 1993 as we led a multi-zoo partnership to breed and release thousands into the wild. Twenty-four years on, we’re now helping reenergise the project by starting to grow the … Continue reading Boosting barberrys!
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
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!