Highgate Common SSSI

Highgate Common SSSI is a large lowland heathland in South Staffordshire managed by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

It was known to be the most important invertebrate site in the West Midlands due to its impressive bee and wasp fauna (aculeate hymenoptera) and the percentage of scarce species.

The site is not only known for its bees and wasps but other scarce invertebrates such as the oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus). The 2010 monitoring update of the scarce species on Highgate Common suggested that the site had unfortunately degraded prior to the Wildlife trust taking control over the management. However, almost all of the species could be re-found and management practices are now in place to rectify the decline. Creation of bare ground, early succession flower-rich foraging and scrub clearance are the principal aims to increase this site’s quality. Thanks go to Natural England and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust for funding and commissioning the work.

Conops Entomology Ltd is currently involved with providing technical advice to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on the management of the site and its key features and species of principal importance. Work in 2017 will see a steer towards reducing the nutrient-rich areas and returning areas of unfavourable status into more optimal habitats and features.

See the Links and downloads page for a copy of the 2010 report. 
See West Midlands aculeate sites database for a table of known aculeate sites and their regional context.