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Keith’s Cavers in The Search for the Missing Potholer – Part Two 

26 Sep

In part one I wrote about how the idea for Keith's Cavers was born and how it was key to get the opening credits sequence perfect, but at that stage I didn't have an idea for the video.

Four pigs turn six 

26 Sep

Brothers Hamm, Wilba, Chuck and Little Ernie pigged out on birthday boxes full of treats as they are about to turn six.

Humboldt headcount 

25 Sep

Bird keepers are p-p-pleased to reveal we’ve got 74 Humboldt penguins – including seven babies – after their September stock-take.

Keith’s Cavers in The Search for the Missing Potholer – Part One 

24 Sep

In 2017 at Hidden Earth I won the video salon competition, although the Hidden Earth website still credits my video to 'The Dudley'.

A hundred babies on board! 

24 Sep

Dudley Zoo’s very own Spider-Girl rode her motorbike to work with a pile of passengers on board – around 100 baby spiders to be precise.

Ha Full Disk – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The sun was very quiet today, with only a few very small filaments on the disk, however a collection of nice small proms made up for this.

Sunday Prominences – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The sun was quiet today but was putting on a nice show of prominences.

Closeup in Calcium – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The seeing was better than I expected today and I managed to get a close up of the faculae that was visible mid disk.

CaK Full Disk – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The sun was mighty quiet today in CaK light, with a few small patches of brighter faculae really the only features on the disk.

Hoppy Rabbit Day! 

23 Sep

Hoppy International Rabbit Day from Otis, Bran, Snowball, Snowflake, Velvet, Jo, Celine, Amelie and Fleur – DZG’s nine beautiful bunnies.

Animal additions 

22 Sep

We’ve welcomed a chinchilla, two snakes and a bearded dragon to our Discovery Centre.

Winged Feet 

21 Sep

The Paper Shelter are the sponsors for our new challenge here at Colour Crazy Craft challenge and this is one of there images a matching background papers called Urban/Modern Boy .

Great going Laura! 

21 Sep

DZG’s Laura Partridge has been handed the Employee of the Month title for her continued dedication despite having broken her arm.

There’s no place like gnome! 

20 Sep

It appears a collection of popular creatures have vanished from the zoo without a trace – a community of gnomes from the 70s and 80s.

A rip-roaring hour 

19 Sep

Our two Sumatran tigers had a rip-roaring time when they tore apart an enrichment device made by their keeper.

Mini maras 

18 Sep

There’s a double dose of joy in our Patagonian mara enclosure following the birth of twins! The two lovely little ones were born to mum Martha and dad Barry on September 2 and are both thriving.

Autumn Leaves 

17 Sep

Here is my Inspiration for the Autumn Colours challenge over at Make my Monday challenge.

A perfect pair 

17 Sep

We’re delighted a female grey-capped emerald dove is proving a perfect pairing for our male.

Panda proceeds 

16 Sep

DZG’s generous visitors helped us pull in almost £500 for red panda conservation during celebrations with our popular panda pair.

Remembering Battle heroes 

15 Sep

The RAF flag takes pride of place above Dudley Castle today as we remember the brave personnel who took part in the Battle of Britain.

Ghoulish goings-on! 

14 Sep

Things are set to get spooky at Dudley Zoo as staff prepare for ghoulish goings-on at our Halloween Hocus Pocus events.

Sticking to five a day! 

13 Sep

DZG’s lar gibbon family soon got stuck in to snacks on sticks which their keeper made as a fun way to give them their five a day! Senior Upper Primate Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner used pieces of bamboo to make natural skewers for chunks of apple, pear...

Emergency rations 

12 Sep

Male sealion Oba enjoyed some emergency rations when keepers tucked treats into old fire hose donated by West Midlands Fire Service.

Otter joy! 

11 Sep

We’re otterly thrilled to announce the arrival of four young otter pups at Dudley Zoo.

It’s grrr-eat to be eight! 

10 Sep

Our striking Sumatran tigress Daseep turns eight today and will have visitors queueing up to wish her a roarsome day.

Sunday selfie! 

9 Sep

Chimp Malaika was caught checking herself out when she saw her reflection on her keeper’s phone.

Hidden Earth 2018 Opening Video 

8 Sep

Once again this year I am privileged to have been asked to produce the opening video for Hidden Earth, the UKs National Caving Conference, which will take place at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form, Churchill Green, Churchill, North Somerset, BS25 5QN...

Flamingo for Christmas 

8 Sep

Well I've made my first Christmas card of this year and its for the new challenge at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge.

Ready for our close-ups! 

8 Sep

When Keeper Josh Luxton attached a camera to a target training stick he didn’t expect our giraffes to come right in for a close up.

Trimmer in training 

7 Sep

Apprentice gardener Jordan Share is powering through his on-site training after getting some top tips on using power tools.

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Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Gardens – Sunday 23rd Sept 

20 Sep

Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Market Garden, Stourbridge Date: Sunday 23rd Sept, from 10am Where:   Ashfield Camphill Market Garden , Sugar Loaf Lane, Iverley, near Stourbridge, DY10 3PB.


30 Aug

The support we receive from schools, Churches and other organisations over Harvest time is crucial to BCFB as its a time to replenish our shelves which are currently empty! All the resources to help you collect donations are available here and you ...

Vote for Boris 

19 Aug

The latest Polls today state more people than ever want to leave the EU, interestingly 48 % of the people polled now considering our political classes are wilfully attempting to damage our Brexit to satisfy their own political remain agenda.

What A Real Conservative Can Do 

28 Jul

While Fake Conservatives Run “Our” Government any true Conservative knows that to kick start your economy you use Tax cuts to put money in the pockets of the Blue collar let them spend but this spend can only be used for internally produced ...

Ablewell Advice Holiday/Lunch Club 

23 Jul

In partnership with Tesco Extra in Walsall,  Ablewell Advice  in Walsall will be holding a lunch event every  Wednesday  during the 6-week school summer break.

Springs Church, Gornal, collect 1 tonne of food! 

19 Jul

Churches support Black Country Foodbank quietly and consistently in the background.

The Betrayal of a Nation 

10 Jul

Over two years ago, we the people of this United kingdom were given a vote.

School Council Visit to the Storehouse 

3 Jul

We had the pleasure of showing The Ridge Primary School, Wollaston, Stourbridge around our warehouse.

The IBL and the left – response to Adam Ozanne’s overview of the UCU factions #ucu2018 #ourUCU 

14 Jun

(In pic: Pura Ariza (UCU left), Rob Goodfellow (IBL), Adam Ozanne (IBL), Dave Muritu (UCU left), pictured at the regions and nations meeting on the eve of UCU2018) Earlier today the IBL faction published their account of what happened at congress ...

Crisis? Transformation? Reflections on #UCU2018 #OurUCU 

14 Jun

It’s been a couple of chaotic weeks since UCU’s annual and most explosive yet congress was held in Manchester.

Modern Day Slavery Event 

10 May

A big thank you to Khizra Dhindsa from West Midlands Police and James Henderson from Transforming Communities together for presenting up to date information about signs of modern day Slavery to our Foodbank volunteers.

Thank you Sainsbury’s 

9 May

Thank you to the customers and staff at Sainsbury’s, Sandringham Way, Brierley Hill and Sainsbury’s, Reedswood, Walsall who held a collection day for us on Saturday 5th May 2018.

New Centre Opening in Tipton 

23 Apr

Loving Hands, NTCOG Tipton, 2 Horseley Heath, DY4 7SA opens on Wednesday 25th April 11am-2pm Please go along if you have a Foodbank Voucher or if you would like to make a donation of food and toiletries.

FILM: We the uncivilized – Saturday 21st April 

10 Apr

The film documents the search of a young couple to find a different way of living-to find community, meaning, and a way of living in harmony with the earth and raises questions about our so called ‘civilized’ ways of living and hence the title.

Foodbank Review 2017 

28 Mar

Please have a look at our facts and figures for 2017.

Volunteers Christmas Meal 

31 Jan

On Wednesday January 24th 2018 we held our ‘Volunteers Christmas Meal’.

Rowley, John Thomas 

20 Jun

Advertiser 18 Dec 1915 Advertiser 25 Dec 1915 BRIERLEY HILL SOLDIER’S DEATH.

Terror, being a man, and my son Ben 

4 Jun

I had my son in bed with me again last night because he was frightened.

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 14th May 

1 May

River Stour clean-up event Date: Sunday14th May Time: 10.15 for 10.30 Place: Still to be decided Other dates: June 11th, July 16th, August 20th Please email Rosanne for further information  rosanneadams@yahoo.

Abortion rights and the wider struggle: a call to arms 

28 Jan

In this week of unfolding dystopia, there is a lot going on.

To my 7 year old daughter on the day of #Womensmarch 

21 Jan

To my lovely baby You belong to you.

Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish 

17 Jan

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures.

Fight austerity, don’t scapegoat migrants: Midlands trades unionists respond to Coyne 

2 Jan

On Monday 2nd January, Unite West Midlands official Gerard Coyne addressed a Birmingham group of supporters as part of his campaign to take the Unite leadership from Len McCluskey.

Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Debate 

14 Dec

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to a debate on corporate governance and social responsibility.

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions 

13 Dec

Margot James answers questions from MPs on subjects including the trends in the number of women on boards and support for the self-employed.

Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day 

13 Dec

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary debate resulting from an e-Petition on closure of retail stores on Boxing Day.

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film 

8 Dec

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.

Scottish Questions 

24 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions relating the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Scotland.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

9 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to counterfeit and substandard electrical goods, carbon monoxide alarms and opportunities for the development of small businesses.

Margot James responds to debate on workplace internships 

4 Nov

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill to ensure all workplace internships are paid the National Minimum Wage.

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