Gavin on Highgate Common

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire joined volunteers from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on Highgate Common near Wombourne last week to prepare the ground for ‘bee beaches’ and learn more about the species that live there.

The ‘bee beaches’ are created in the sandy earth to create this year’s habitat for the many different types of bees and wasps that breed and live in the area. It has been estimated that 140 different types of solitary bee & wasp live on the Common. Some of the bees & wasps living on Highgate are extremely rare in the UK, and Highgate Common has been made a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of these rare creatures.

The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust organises weekly volunteering events, every Tuesday, from 10am, for individuals seeking to help out in the management of the Common.

Gavin recently supported the Wildlife Trust’s ‘Last hedgehog in Staffordshire’ campaign by building a Hedgehog House in his garden and then encouraging residents to build their own.

After his visit Gavin said: “It was a real pleasure to be able to join the volunteers and the wardens of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Highgate Common. It is very impressive to see the work that is being done on the management of the site and it helps you realise how dependent all this good work is on the generosity and the support of volunteers.

“It was great to be able to join the volunteers and I hope others are able to follow my footsteps, and lend a helping hand to keep Highgate Common such an incredible and thriving place for our bees and wasps.”