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Beacon of hope for wildlife at historic Sedgley landmark

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

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TOWERING over the Black Country, Sedgley Beacon has long been a landmark site, but now a new partnership project will enhance its wildlife and historical value for generations to come.

I thought Bugle readers would be interested to know that The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are working together with South Staffs Water, Dudley Council and the Friends of Sedgley Beacon to restore the historic environment and enhance it for people and wildlife.

The project will see The Wildlife Trust and local volunteers create new wildflower meadows, restore historic hedgerows and expand the area of special grassland which grows on the fossil-rich limestone. Such grassland is incredibly rare in the Black Country, and the largest area thrives in the old quarry at Sedgley Beacon. Dudley Council archaeologists will be on hand to see if any evidence of the site's history is uncovered during the project.

There are plants such as milkwort and carline thistle which grow only on these sites, as well as butterflies such as marbled white and birds such as whitethroat that thrive in such habitat. For the Black Country to retain such diversity in plants and animals it's vital that sites like Sedgley Beacon are looked after.

Funding for the project has been awarded by the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area.

Joe Peacock,

Communications Officer,

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham

and the Black Country.

joe.p@bbcwildlife.org.uk

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