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Mini beasts 

24 May

Visitors to the British Mini Day at Himley Hall had plenty of Dudley Zoo’s minis to marvel at – our mini beasts.


Making his Mark! 

23 May

We’ve welcomed Mark Whitcombe to the DZG team as our new Head of Maintenance.


AR12710 in Sodium Light with the Daystar Quark – 22nd May 

23 May

This new active region rounded the suns limb a few days ago, and while it is small has a timely appearance with my new Daystar sodium Quark arriving also.


Mid Disk in Sodium Light – 22nd May 

23 May

Whilst superficially similar to the white light image this mid disk shot taken in sodium light is quite different.


Ha Full Disk – 22nd May 

22 May

Messing around triple stacking with the 50mm Lunt, brings out nice contrast but also highlights uneveness in the image.


Caver Keith Videos Four Million Views 

22 May

21st May 2018 and Caver Keith is celebrating clocking up 4,000,000 caving video views on YouTube, as awell as 20,000 likes ????, 2,000 dislikes ????, 13,000 shares and 3,000 subscribers.


Grrreat to be eight! 

22 May

Our snow leopard Margaash couldn’t wait to sink his teeth into birthday treats at his newly-extended enclosure.


AR12710 in Sodium Light 

21 May

First view with the Daystar sodium Quark this afternoon using the 60mm f6 scope.


Rock on! 

21 May

We’re loving taking part in the treasure-hunt craze of finding rocks – and have found a super one near our burrowing owls.


Ha Full Disk With The Daystar Quark – 19th May 

20 May

The sun is certainly quiet, and you have to look hard for details however they are there.


Money for macaques 

20 May

We’re sending more than £250 to a project helping to protect macaques in Indonesia, thanks to generous DZG visitors.


Royal flamingos 

19 May

We’re tickled pink about Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding today – so we’ve named a pair of American flamingos in their honour.


New Baby 

18 May

Colour Crazy Crafts have a new challenge starting today.


Quick work Kito! 

18 May

It didn’t take Dudley-born giraffe Kito long to find his feet at his new home – he’s already caught the eye of a female called Genevive.


Asha’s big day 

17 May

Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today.


Asha’s big day 

17 May

Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today.


So long Kito! 

16 May

We’re saying a sad so long to our youngest giraffe Kito, who is leaving the Black Country for Bristol today.


So long Kito 

16 May

We’re saying a sad so long to our youngest giraffe Kito, who is leaving the Black Country for Bristol today.


AR12709 in Ha – 14th May 

15 May

The seeing conditions were surprisingly good for so late in the afternoon on what was a very warm day.


Feathery Prom – 14th May 

15 May

Using the Skywatcher ED80 and Daystar Chromosphere Quark I was able to get a nice view of a prominence that was visible on the suns south western limb.


Close Ups With The LuntDS50 – 14th May 

15 May

Using my new 2.5x barlow lens stacked with a 1.3x barlow to bring the setup to somewhere around f25 I quite like the scale that comes with this setup.


Double Stacked Full Disk in Ha – 14th May 

15 May

I'm still not 100% happy with the results I get with the double stack setup because of the gradients it creates across the disk; i'm looking at other solutions.


Closeups in Calcium Light – 14th May 

15 May

Taken with the 40mm scope, 2.5x barlow and additional 1.3x barlow this closeup must be around f30 and is pushing the boundaries of image scale with the little scope.


Single Stack Ha Full Disk – 14th May 

15 May

Once the little Lunt50 has acclimated once it has been setup it produces some nice full disks with decent Ha detail.


CaK Full Disk – 14th May 

15 May

The sunny skies continue in the UK and with it the opportunity to see what the face of our star presents.


Celebrating Elliot 

15 May

DZG’s new binturong Elliot arrived just in time to celebrate World Binturong Day today.


Celebrating Elliot 

15 May

DZG’s new binturong Elliot arrived just in time to celebrate World Binturong Day today.


Double Stack Full Disk – 13th May 

14 May

Adding a second etalon to the Lunt LS50 solar telescope through 'double stacking' has the effect of increasing contrast on the solar disk as a result of reduced continuum leakage in the wings of the Hydroge Alpha centreline.


summer panel 

14 May

It's new challenge time over at Make My Monday .


Life’s a beach at DZG 

14 May

Life will soon be a beach for visitors to Dudley Zoo as we prepare to bring the fun of the seaside to our landlocked location.


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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.


Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage 

3 Nov

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage which has brought immense benefits and seen wages for the low paid rise more than twice as much as those on average or higher pay around the country.


MP’s Stourbridge Careers Evening less than 2 weeks away 

1 Nov

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James will be hosting her next ‘Aspirations Event’, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


Margot James responds to BHS debate 

20 Oct

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary Backbench Business Committee debate on the governance of British Home Stores.


Halloween happenings at Dudley Castle 

20 Oct

Chance to witness ghostly goings on at haunted venue.


Chef Evans, due process, and equality fights 

15 Oct

***Content warning – may be triggering in relation to sexual assault and rape*** I wanted to write something briefly on this in solidarity with the opening up of pain and frustration I have seen from lots and lots of women I admire and value and ...


MP announces 2016 Careers Evening 

10 Oct

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James is hosting her next Aspirations Event, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


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.


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