Volunteer and help out at Gentleshaw Common

Tuesday 15th August 2017

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.

Hayley Dorrington, Southern Heathlands Warden for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: "Regular work parties have been running at Gentleshaw since 2016 and our fantastic and hard-working volunteers have already made a massive difference on the Common.

"Now we're hoping more people will join our volunteers helping us care for this special reserve."

The volunteer group meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month with each work party taking place between 10.30am and 3pm. The meeting place is at the parking area off Chorley Road at the end of Ogley Hay Road in Burntwood.

To book a place onto the work party or for more information, contact Hayley Dorrington at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on 01384 221798 or email h.dorrington@staffs-wildlife.org.uk