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The Marches Mosses are Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses and Wem Moss National Nature Reserves in North Shropshire. Collectively the mosses form the third largest lowland raised peatbog in the UK. Lowland raised peatbogs are one of the rarest habitats on earth - over 96% have been destroyed. Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales plan to restore 665ha of the Marches Mosses and their ‘edge’ habitat (also known as ‘lagg’) to make them healthy functioning eco-systems again.

This will involve removing forestry and woodland, retaining more water on the centre of the mosses, recreating bog on marginal fields, controlling air and water pollution and cleaning up the scrapyard.

We also want to make the Marches Mosses more accessible to everyone by installing a wheel chair-accessible bird hide, running a large volunteering programme, holding community events and  improving interpretation on and around the Mosses.
 
 

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News

14
may

Cumbria BogLIFE Project film

Watch the Cumbria BogLIFE film, which highlights the bog restoration techniques we are currently using in the Marches Mosses.

13
feb

Marches Mosses Survey

Tell us what you think about the Marches Mosses.

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Events

16
jun

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Come and see these wonderful creatures which inhabit the Marches Mosses.

21
jul

Bog Detectives

What lives on the Marches Mosses?