Wem Moss

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Description

Owned by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Wem Moss is an outstanding example of a lowland raised bog, a wildlife habitat that exists in Britain today in just tiny remnant fragments. Ninety-four per cent of its former range has been destroyed or degraded by drainage, intensive peat cutting, grazing, forestry and pollution, leaving just 503 hectares of unspoilt raised bog in England.  Some of the plants here are monsters, all three British species of sundew grow here, catching unsuspecting insects in their sticky, hairy leaves. Look too, in late summer, for the starry golden spikes of bog asphodel, bog myrtle and bog rosemary.  It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a RAMSAR Site.


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The Meres and Mosses area is the second largest natural network of ponds and wetlands in England (the Lake District is the largest)


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