Have your say on the future of Sedgley Beacon

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The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country wants to hear from people who care about the iconic Sedgley Beacon Tower and its surrounding natural environment. 

Working in partnership with South Staffs Water, the Friends of Sedgley Beacon and Dudley Council, the Trust are bidding to secure Heritage Lottery funding to restore and regenerate the 170 year old grade II listed tower and surrounding limestone landscape of Beacon Hill. The project will aim to open up more of the majestic views, recreate lost habitats and unlock Sedgley Beacon’s incredible geological, industrial and natural heritage so more people can access and enjoy them.

Please help us to shape this exciting project by letting us know what you would like to see happen here, by completing this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/G76PK28

What is Sedgley Beacon?

Sedgley Beacon is a high profile and locally significant area of open space located on the edge of the Black Country. The 30 hectare site is a limestone hill offering panoramic views of the West Midlands.The best-known feature is the Beacon Tower, a Grade II listed structure erected in 1846 by Lord Wrottesley for astronomy. 

 

 

Species that are regularly seen include yellow hammer, kestrel and a population of the rare marbled-white butterfly. An historic limestone quarry in the north of the site supports the largest area of species-rich limestone grassland in Birmingham and the Black Country. 

Since 2013 the site has been enhanced for people and wildlife as part of the Nature Improvement Area. A new meadow has been created on top of Sedgley Reservoir, scrub has been removed from the limestone grassland, historic field boundary hedgerows have been restored and a series of community and school events have brought new audiences to this Black Country landmark.


The project has featured in local media, including this feature on BBC1’s Midlands Today. 

 

 

 

The project was deivered in partnership with South Staffs Water, Dudley Council, The Friends of Sedgley Beacon and local schools.