A local heathland needs your help!

Gentleshaw Common is a remarkable, often overlooked section of heathland. Imagery from Google Maps 3D.

While we’re on reduced service over a great summer weekend, this is something I’d like to draw to the attention of readers courtesy of John Currie, Brownhills Scout Group Leader and top community bloke.

Like many green spaces, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are after volunteers to man work parties on Gentleshaw Common between Burntwood and Cannock Chase, a lovely bit of heathland that I really love.

I know lots of you want to get involved with such projects and the Staffordshire Wildife Trust are brilliant, so if you’re interested, why not contact them at the link provided?

Also, if you need volunteers for a local work party, do let me know – I’d love to advertise it here.

BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust wrote:

Gentleshaw common is a great ride. Image from 365days.

Residents in the Lichfield, Burntwood and Cannock areas are being invited to join a volunteer work party being held at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve.

The Trust signed a 99-year lease with Lichfield District Council to manage Gentleshaw Common at the start of 2016.

The 86 hectare site became the Trust’s fifth largest nature reserve after The Roaches and Black Brook, near Leek, Highgate Common in Wombourne, and Doxey Marshes in Stafford.

Volunteers carry out work on all aspects of the reserve, with tasks including bracken control and heathland restoration.

The Trust’s aim is for the Common to become a haven for a whole host of wildlife, including birds, solitary bees and wasps as well as many species of plants including bog asphodel, heather and fly-catching carnivorous plants.

Interested? Head to https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/…/volunteer-and-help-out… further info.

The common is wide open, cinematic landscape. Image from 365 days.

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