Wem Moss

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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 Water vole declined by 90% in the 1970s in England, but is still found in many parts of the Meres and Mosses.


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07
dec

Back from the brink film

Eleanor Ryder, placement student at Fenn's Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses produced a short film as part of her final year project.

05
dec

Drone footage of cleared scrapyard

The clearance of the old Furber's Scrapyard site is now complete. Watch the drone footage below.

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