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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

13
feb

Marches Mosses Survey

Tell us what you think about the Marches Mosses.

15
jan

The Carbon Farmer mockumentary

A new 7-minute film called The Carbon Farmer takes a look at how climate change will change the face of farming.

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Events

27
apr

Amphibian and Reptile Hunt

Discover the amazing world of amphibians and reptiles.

05
may

Birds of the Mosses Walk

Observe some of the bird species that thrive on the Mosses.