Natural England

The meres and mosses form the largest and most ecologically diverse cluster of natural wetlands in lowland England. International and national designations abound. Here are 13,000 ha of peat deposits, Europe’s greatest concentration of ponds, rare floating bogs and glacial lakes. There is a wealth of wetland species, some charismatic, some esoteric.

What’s the problem?

Persistent reduction in water quality, extensive drainage and inappropriate management continue to take their toll. Intensive agriculture has isolated core sites. Mature trees shade-out marginal vegetation. 81% of recorded rare plants have become extinct across 13 key sites. Public awareness and understanding of their value is depressingly low.

What’s the answer?

We need the resource to spend time and money working with landowners immediately to restore and buffer core sites, whilst embarking on the process of developing linkages and reducing pollution – creating a thriving landscape rich in wildlife, celebrated by local people. This is our vision. Why choose us?

  • We have £1 million of additional Landscape Partnership Scheme funding
  • Our recent track record gives us a flying start
  • The NIA will put ecological connectivity at the heart of our activity
  • We combine low risk with great value for money
  • We have a comprehensive baseline assessment against which to monitor
  • We span political and administrative boundaries to share knowledge widely

Our partnership and track record

We have an established partnership that is still developing and energised. Partners have embraced a 50 year vision for the area. We have academic partners offering directed research. A decade of action has given us a track record and a database of contacts ready and willing to act.

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Colemere, near Ellesmere, is the only place in England where the Least Water-lily grows naturally

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