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DZG makes learning fun! 

27 Sep

We’ve extended our popular DZG education programme and are inviting teachers to come and find out more during a free open day! Due to demand we’re now offering more than 60 workshops for 2016/2017, with a diverse range of topics aimed for ...

AR12597 in CaK – 25th September 

26 Sep

This is the only activity to speak of on the sun at the moment, and with a decaying magnetic field no longer poses a threat for any M-class flare activity.

AR12593 in CaK – 25th September 

26 Sep

Not much other than a region of decaying plage is what can be seen here in this active region as it headed towards the limb in this image taken with the Skywatcher ED80 stopped down to 60mm at ~1400mm focal length with the homebrew CaK filter and the...

Cak Full Disk – 25th September 

26 Sep

The seeing conditions were awful on sunday afternoon were awful in the unstable air following the passage of a cold front, but at least they offered clear skies, and, with the seeming distinct lack of good weather lately you have to make the most of ...

Ha Full Disk – 25th September 

26 Sep

Not a huge amount happening on the disk today, a few active regions, and interesting a southern polar crown in the form of a filament - indicative of the phase we are in with the solar cycle.

Animal art 

26 Sep

Dudley Zoological Gardens staff had a sneak peak at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery’s new wildlife exhibition.

Rocking around in Rifleman’s 

25 Sep

After a Daren trip on the Saturday a more sedate trip was called for on the Sunday.

Cheer on the abseilers! 

25 Sep

We’re sending good luck to the adventurous abseilers who will be tackling Dudley Castle today to raise funds for Balls to Cancer.

British Food Fortnight £1 offer 

24 Sep

Our British Food Fortnight celebrations are continuing this weekend as we promote the use of seasonal produce and are offering £1 admission for children so families can find out more! From magnificent Bornean orangutans to cheeky Humboldt penguins, ...

Coseley before it was divided among neighbours 

23 Sep

HALF a century after a sweep of a bureaucrat's pen obliterated centuries of local history and tradition, Black Country folk are still angry at the loss of their old boroughs and boundaries.

Discovery Centre revamp 

23 Sep

We’ve started work on a £20,000 refurbishment of the Discovery Centre – which has been temporarily closed to visitors.

Firefighting time capsule is found in Dudley factory 

22 Sep

A DUDLEY shopfitting company has opened the doors on a long-locked room to find the headquarters of an old company fire brigade almost perfectly preserved, more than half a century after it stood down.

It’s officially autumn! 

22 Sep

It’s officially autumn and we’ve reverted to reduced opening hours.

Catching up with Shooting Butts school 

21 Sep

SINCE having an article published on the front page of the Bugle [Family tree shock as reader finds ancestor was murdered Bugle number 1242], I would like to thank you because I have caught up with a couple of people who I knew quite a few years ago.

Hello, Jasmine! 

21 Sep

Our youngest reindeer is now four weeks old and keepers have discovered we’ve got another girl, who they’ve named Jasmine.

Our new Assistant Curator 

20 Sep

One of DZG’s most familiar faces has landed a new role with us – meet our new Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood! The 33 year-old started work here straight from school at 16 years-old and has worked his way up the zoo ladder to his latest promotion.

It’s British Food Fortnight! 

19 Sep

It’s harvest time and we’re flying the flag for homegrown delights as part of British Food Fortnight.

AR12592 in CaK – 18th September 

18 Sep

The weather was frustrating today, it was gloriously sunny until the moment I looked through the scope when the clouds duly arrived.

CaK Full Disk 18th September 

18 Sep

The sun is very quiet at the moment, with only a few small spots and small regions of plage.

Heritage experts to visit DZG 

18 Sep

We’re looking forward to welcoming world-renowned architectural and heritage experts to DZG next month as part of an international conference on the restoration of our iconic Tectons.

It’s Red Panda Day! 

17 Sep

All eyes will be on our beautiful Yasmin and Gawa today as we celebrate International Red Panda Day.

A very visible Ghost! 

16 Sep

He may be called Ghost, but there’s no chance of not being able to see our alpha male reindeer at the moment! As the four year-old is sporting some pretty impressive headgear! Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “Male reindeer typically have ...

Cardinal Red 

15 Sep

It's midway reminder time for The 12 months of Christmas Challenge.

Marking the Battle of Britain 

15 Sep

We’re marking the Battle of Britain today and are proud to be flying the RAF flag from Dudley Castle.

New website goes live! 

14 Sep

We’re excited to launch DZG’s brand new website today! Working alongside Herefordshire-based web designers, the naked creative, our colourful page boasts all the information you need to know about the zoo and its history, the site’s iconic ...

Anniversary calendar arrives 

13 Sep

Our anniversary 2017 calendar has arrived and hit the shelves in the Safari Gift Shop.

Anniversary calendar arrives 

13 Sep

Our anniversary 2017 calendar has arrived and hit the shelves in the Safari Gift Shop.

150-year-old map of Lye discovered 

12 Sep

STOURBRIDGE fire clay was famous the world over yet the very best was not found in Stourbridge but in Amblecote and Lye.

A pound for pandas! 

12 Sep

Come and help us celebrate International Red panda day this weekend, when children can gain entry for just 1! DZG Apprentice Keeper, Ellis Robinson and red panda, Yasmin No read more...

A pound for pandas! 

12 Sep

Come and help us celebrate International Red panda day this weekend, when children can gain entry for just £1! We’ll be shining the spotlight on our beautiful Tibetan two, Yasmin and Gawa, throughout Saturday and Sunday when visitors can find out ...

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Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

14 Sep

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to white goods product recall and employment protections.

Faulty Tumble Dryers (Fire Risk) Debate 

13 Sep

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to an adjournment debate on fire risk of faulty tumble dryers.

Harvest 2016! 

12 Sep

Hello Everyone We are excited to be preparing for the Harvest season.

Welcome Back! September 2016 

5 Sep

Hi All The BCFB Warehouse is open as usual, Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.

Vote Elane for FE disabled rep, NEC 

3 Sep

This week ballot papers will arrive for a UCU NEC by-election for FE disabled members rep.

The Single Market CON 

31 Aug

So Theresa is holding a big meeting at checkers, well don't hold your breath on the outcome, as most of her EU loving team want to submit to the EU's threats, made by the EU's autocratic unelected dictatorial masters.

May’s Honeymoon Is Over 

4 Aug

All over the UK good and true Conservatives are worried that the “Remain” team inside this new cabinet will NOT deliver our Exit to Britain's best advantage.

Playing the race card: Smith and working class identity politics 

26 Jul

Women workers’ banner at the black country museum workers institute It wasn’t too many decades ago that it was the tories who attacked the Labour party with the race card – if you want X for a neighbour vote Labour and all of that.

Summer Holiday Storehouse Opening Times 2016 

21 Jul

Hi All The Storehouse is Albion Street will be closed from (and including) Monday 29th August and reopen on Monday 5th September.

Brexit Light 

19 Jul

The new unelected Remain Prime Minister has now been appointed by the party board and all over the UK Brexit voters see no change in the direction of the UK's governance.

If you really want out, VOTE GOVE 

1 Jul

All over the UK following a world shattering referendum result our Government was given clear direct democratic instruction “LEAVE THE EU”, yet inside one week the very remain politicians in the Tory party helped by Labour are now ignoring your ...

Margot supports Theresa May – for a country that works for everyone 

30 Jun

I was delighted to attend the launch of Theresa May's campaign for the leadership this morning.

Nature Returns to the River Stour 

28 Jun

River Stour behind Lion Health Centre Murrays Chemist Thanks to our dedicated and committed volunteers we’ve almost completely cleared the River Stour behind the Lion Health Centre .

#KeepCorbyn : An open letter to the Labour right in the PLP 

24 Jun

I’m writing to you as a Labour party member to beg you to respect the mandate of Jeremy Corbyn as leader.


24 Jun

Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Dave Cameron, James Morris , Margot James Sajid Javid, Tom Watson, Adrian Baily , Eddie Izzard, Peter Mandelson, Will Straw, Richard Branson, Sayeeda Warsi, Barack Obama, Christine Lagarde, Mark...

#SayHerName: Justice For Sarah Reed 

22 Jun

Wednesday 22nd June would have been Sarah Reed’s 33rd birthday.

News from the Combined Authority AGM 

20 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty in the House of Commons meant that the legislation hadn’t been completed in time.

Jo Cox, motherhood and antifascism 

16 Jun

Just had a cry in the pouring rain and thought I would quickly express some thoughts about what happened today.

EU Q&A Event Cancelled 

16 Jun

Following the shocking and tragic death of Jo Cox MP, the QA Event has been cancelled tonight.

Wolves Civic appeals for Fleetwood Mac memories 

16 Jun

Did Fleetwood  Mac play Wolverhampton Civic Hall?   This pic shows Dave Finely and Pamela Evans in the 1970s and a picture of the American/UK supergroup from this period.

Sedgley Post Office Burglary Leaves Owners and Local Residents Shocked 

13 Jun

The scene outside Sedgley Post Office today after the burglary on Sunday night Sedgley Post Office is usually a hive of activity at the start of each new week.

Stourbridge MP to host Senior Cabinet Minister for EU Q&A 

7 Jun

Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, will host a senior Cabinet Minister to answer questions and listen to comments from local residents in a session ahead of the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU).

True Patriots talk while lesser MP’s Hide 

4 Jun

Last night Mr Gove gave a passionate talk about the UK leaving Europe and how we can rid this country of unelected faceless people who over 40 years have dictated the very rules that have destroyed our society and factories, the same faceless rulers ...

Most Tories Don’t believe Cameron’s Lies 

31 May

While Cameron's team threaten you with World War 3 if we leave the EU, more sensibly today we offer you VAT free energy bills and a commitment to protect our British borders.

University Fee Lies 

23 May

You are probably wondering how your child can afford the £9000 per year University fees, full in the knowledge some of our local MP's voted to raise them.

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 5th June 

18 May

Our next event is Sunday June 5th at Murray’s, Bradley Road, Stourbridge.

Make Britain Great Again “VOTE LEAVE” 

15 May

Just over 50 years ago a great American president was stolen from the world, he foretold of a corrupt power that linked a number of governments, he said only a free press could inform and educate the people if Governments did wrong, weeks later JFK ...

King Edward VI College EU Referendum Q&A 

13 May

Q and A today at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge featuring Margot and Rt Hon Justine Greening MP.

Hundreds attend MP’s University Fair 

9 May

On Friday 29th April, Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, hosted the latest event in her Aspirations programme.

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