Restoring the Marches Mosses

Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield and Wem Moss complex is the third largest lowland raised peatbog in the UK and has been the subject of over 20 years restoration by Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Few people realise that the mosses of North Shropshire are of international importance.
As part of the development of the Meres and Mosses project, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and the Shropshire Wildlife Trust have bid for funding to carry out extensive management works and encourage more people to understand the mosses through volunteering, improved appropriate access and research. We are also purchasing additional land adjacent to the existing Nature Reserve including the old Furber scrapyard and flooded fields to the South.
We are now consulting with local communities and site users to understand what you feel might be appropriate ways of raising the profile of the nature reserve and how this fits into your vision of the future for the region.
Please come along to any of these local events to give us your views:
Whixall Social Centre Wednesday 10th Feb between 7.30pm and 9pm
Bettisfield Village Hall Thursday 18th Feb between 6pm and 9pm
Bronington Primary School Tuesday 23rd Feb between 6pm and 9pm


Please take our 2 minute Restoring the Marches Mosses survey:




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Whixall access map

Whixall future management map



We are delighted to have been awarded a development grant from Heritage Lottery Fund of £93,000 to create a new project to connect more people with this fantastic area. 

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The area of Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses combined is the third largest area of raised peat bog in Britain. On average, 1 hectare of peatland can store 10 times more carbon than 1 hectare of woodland

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