Key Wildlife

Today, 1,900 species of invertebrates thrive on the mosses; Large Heath butterflies, White-faced darter dragonflies, Bog bush-crickets and Raft spiders. In spring, calls of breeding Teal, Mallard, Curlew, Skylark and Meadow pipit fill the air, and yellow Four-spotted chasers dart. In summer sunshine, acrobatic Hobbies catch our myriad dragonflies, and ‘churring’ Nightjar hoover up dusk’s clouds of moths. Listen for the plop of Water voles - don’t tread on basking Adders!



Lapwings are familiar birds of farmlands and wetlands, and can often be seen flying across winter skies in large, black and white flocks. As spring approaches, the flock...


Silver-studded Blue

The Silver-studded blue butterfly can be seen at Prees Heath.  Males are blue with a dark border and females are brown with a row of red spots. The unders...

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Medium-sized orange butterfly with black markings and silvery patches on the underside. This fritillary is similar in size and habitats to the Pearl-bordered Friti...


Water voles

Water voles are semi-aquatic mammals that live along watercourses, burrowing into the banks and feeding on sedge and grasses. They are chestnut to dark brown in co...


Least Water-lily

Colemere near Ellesmere is the only place in England where the Least Water-lily grows naturally. Also known as the Small Yellow Pond-lily, Least Yellow Water-lily,...


Sundews comprise one of the largest groups of carnivorous plants with at least 194 species globally and are found on every continent except Antarctica. The name sunde...


Raft spider

The Raft spider is a large spider that lives around the edge of ponds and swamps. Adults sit at the edge of the water, or on floating vegetation, with their front legs restin...


Sphagnum Moss

Sphagnum mosses are the amazingly multi-coloured living carpets found in wet places like peat bogs, marshland, heath and moorland. When seen up close, they are very beautiful...



The Adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain. Although the Adder has the most highly developed venom injecting mechanism of all snakes, they are not aggre...


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The Meres and Mosses landscape was formed by retreating glaciers 12,000 years ago. Now, lowland raised peat bogs are one of the most endangered habitats on Earth.

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Rare jumping spider found on Marches Mosses

After a lapse of 30 years a rare bog dwelling spider, Sitticus floricola, has been rediscovered living on Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Natu...


Lapwings benefit from recent management work

Young lapwings have been caught on camera by local photographer Stephen Barlow.

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Fungal foray

A free event exploring the Autumnal bounty of mushrooms and toadstools. Delicious or deadly? Bring a basket and prepare to be amazed.