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.