Whitchurch Walking Festival

Whitchurch Walking Festival

The weekend of 10 - 12 May 2013 saw the first Whitchurch walking festival which included three walks taking in some of the Meres & Mosses of north Shropshire.  On Friday, Neil Moore led a walk from Whitchurch to Brown Moss and back.  Whilst at Brown Moss, Gareth Egarr, Shropshire Council's officer responsible for this SSSI gave an excellent talk to a group of 28 people about the importance of the Moss and how the Council, with the support of the Meres & Mosses Landscape Partnership and Natural England will be managing the site into the future.  He showed the walkers the key areas of the SSSI including a rare example of Schwingmoor (bouncing bog).

The second Meres & Mosses walk on Saturday took in Bettisfield, Cadney, Wem, Fenns and Whixall Mosses.  Led by Malcolm Monie who gave an excellent description of the key features of the mosses, the 24 walkers were also given a talk on the significance of Wem Moss by Shropshire Wildlife Trust volunteer, Pete Mckeon.  Despite a few heavy, unseasonable showers, everyone thoroughly enjoyed this informative walk.

On Sunday, Dr Gerald Moss led a botanical walk from Whitchurch to Oss Mere and back.  No pressure for Gerald as he had at least two other botanists on the walk!

The weekend included a variety of other walks including a history walk and has set the conditions for a repeat event next year.  All in all, a magnificent effort for a completely volunteer led walking festival and a very big thank you to Malcolm Monie and all of those who made it happen.

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