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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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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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Bog wars

Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses is a National Nature Reserve and the third largest raised peat bog in the UK.

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Boglife trainee placement

We are looking for trainees for the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project.

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