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Chairlift training exercise 

22 Nov

Our passenger-carrying chairlift provided the ideal scenario for rope rescue training for West Midlands Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Unit.


Jill returns to Wales 

21 Nov

We’ve waved off Jill the common raven, who’s returned to Wales to pair with a male! The 10 year-old bird, who has greeted thousands of visitors to DZG with shouts of hello and goodbye as they pass her enclosure on Castle Hill, has gone back to ...


Alum Pot – A Classic Yorkshire Pothole 

20 Nov

Alum Pot is a pothole with a large open 100 metre deep shaft on the eastern flanks of Simon Fell, North Yorkshire.


Still time to vote 

20 Nov

Time’s running out for visitors to help us choose our 2018 redevelopment project.


Lunt 50 – Single Stack / Double Stack Comparison – 19th November 

19 Nov

I've had my Lunt50 for a month or so now, but, at this time of year here in the UK it's never the best for observing with the low sun and less than ideal weather.


Successful sheet appeal! 

19 Nov

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated sheets, towels and duvet covers for our primates – but we’ve got enough for now! We’ve been inundated with bags of linen from generous supporters since we appealed for help in providing our chimpanzees and...


A champion visit 

18 Nov

DZG keepers spotted a familiar face on site yesterday, as the World Number One darts champion, Michael van Gerwen, paid us a visit.


Christmas Unicorn 

17 Nov

This is my first card as guest DT member for Colour Crazy Craft Challenge.


Zebra sends dogs wild! 

17 Nov

Our four dogs went wild with papier mâché zebra enrichment.


Name our animals! 

16 Nov

Can you help us name our meerkats or flamingos? document.


Panto partnership extended 

15 Nov

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve extended our partnership with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the next two years.


Sam scoops title! 

14 Nov

Well done to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our employee of the month! Sam, who works with our big cats, ungulates and reptiles, was nominated by colleagues for his commitment and dedication to DZG.


Penguin Fun 

13 Nov

I think I have to agree Christmas is on it's way, so the theme for the new challenge at Make my Monday is Snow Fun The papers and sentiment are from Stampin up The Sentiment has been punched out using its matching punch and the snowflakes are die cut...


Giraffes put through paces 

13 Nov

Trainee Keeper Ellis Robinson is putting our three giraffes through their paces during target training.


Ha Full Disk – 12th November 

12 Nov

It has been some time coming; the full disks I was getting from my trusty DS40 came to an end last year when a slip de-contacted one of the etalons.


Remembering the fallen 

12 Nov

Zoo Director Derek Grove will be representing DZG at the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday event today.


Birthday gifts for Jazz 

11 Nov

Birthday celebrations are continuing in the orangutan house as today it’s Jazz’s celebratory day! Our great ape matriarch turns 26 and keepers have got her a few surprise treats lined up to help her mark her day.


Preparing for winter 

10 Nov

Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves! Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by ...


DZG attends BIAZA meet 

9 Nov

Two senior keepers represented DZG at the annual BIAZA Mammal Working Group Conference.


Tigers in the frame 

8 Nov

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, are enjoying their new climbing frame.


New birds fly in! 

7 Nov

Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection.


Benji’s 40! 

6 Nov

We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled...


A Blank Sun To Start November… 

5 Nov

The sun is very quiet at the moment, no spots at all, just a small relic patch of plage maybe indicative of an old active region? Looking at the STEREO spacecraft data there is nothing on the way round in the week ahead either.


A winter relocation 

5 Nov

DZG’s seven Cameroon sheep have relocated across the zoo site for the winter.


Successful bird ringing 

4 Nov

DZG visitors got up close to a number of native feathered friends during bird ringing demonstrations.


Meena helps out school challenge 

3 Nov

Brazilian tapir, Meena, helped out with Alexia Chapman’s half term school challenge when she became a Little Zoo Keeper for a Day at DZG.


Birthday Bunting 

2 Nov

My card for the new Challenge at Crafting with an Attitude which is Always Anything Goes.


Giant dwarfs DZG’s giant! 

2 Nov

DZG’s giant English rabbit, Otis, was dwarfed by a real giant at the launch of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s forthcoming Christmas pantomime.


2,000,000 Caving Video Views 

1 Nov

A huge thank you to anyone that has ever watched a Caver Keith caving video.


Fangtastic Hocus Pocus events 

1 Nov

We had a spook-tacular time during our family Hocus Pocus Halloween events.


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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.


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.


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