Beacon buzzing with activity

Friday 13th February 2015

Sedgley BeaconBeacon buzzing with activity

Sedgley Beacon will be springing to life this year thanks to local volunteers working with The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Work on the local landmark, funded through the Nature Improvement Area, started last year with the creation of a new wildflower meadow on top of the reservoir. This year schoolchildren, employees from South Staffs Water PLC and local volunteers will be turning their attention to planting new hedgerows and renovating existing ones, sowing more wildflowers and clearing the site of litter.

The Wildlife Trust is keen to attract as many local volunteers along as possible to help out with this work to improve the site so that more people and wildlife are able to enjoy it. If you can attend on Thursdays the dates for volunteering are 29th January, 12th and 26th February, so please contact nia@bbcwildlife.org.uk or call 0121 454 1199. For those who would rather just take the kids along to have some fun during half term, there’s also a family fun day planned for Friday 20th February from 11am to 3pm.

Simon Atkinson, Conservation Projects Manager at The Wildlife Trust, says “It was fantastic to see so many people getting involved in the meadow creation project last year. Sedgley Beacon is such a wonderful part of the local landscape and it’s clear that it is very highly valued by people who enjoy walking there, taking in the views and seeing the wildlife.

“We’d like to thank South Staffs Water for their help with this project as well as the Friends of Sedgley Beacon and teachers from Queen Victoria primary school for getting the next generation involved in such a great activity that they will be able to go back and appreciate the results of for years to come.”

Alex Martin of South Staffs Water added: "We are delighted to be involved in projects at Sedgley Beacon in the heart of our customer base. Our involvement will take on a new dimension when a team of staff volunteers get their hands dirty on the site in March and get first-hand experience of what real biodiversity work involves. We hope to be able to support the project with real practical help on an ongoing basis."

The Wildlife Trust is currently seeking funding to continue with the work of their highly successful Nature Improvement Area and are appealing for help at www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/bigwildlifeboost.
 

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