“So Large You Could See it From Space”

Date: September 16, 2020

The Marches Mosses cover some 2,500 acres in North Shropshire and northeast Wales. It’s often been described as being “so large you could see it from space”.  Turns out that it’s true, as the photo here shows.  This is an infrared picture of the Mosses (the large area shown in green) and the surrounding landscape, […]

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Rare Snipe Returns to the Marches Mosses and Becomes a Media Star

Date: August 28, 2020

Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) have been found breeding on the Whixall Moss area of the Marches Mosses National Nature Reserve, near Whitchurch in North Shropshire. The UK population of snipe has undergone a big decline in the last twenty-five years. The RSPB records it as an Amber List species, which means it is endangered and of […]

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Restoring the Marches Mosses Trainee Placement

Date: August 19, 2020

Trainee placement: Full time, 9 months, fixed term from 1st November 2020 –  £6,000 bursary We are looking for trainees for the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project. The project aims to restore Britain’s third-largest lowland raised bog within the Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR and the Wem Moss SSSI, located near Whitchurch, Shropshire and Wrexham […]

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The Marches Mosses’ Emblematic Butterfly – the Large Heath

Date: August 14, 2020

  Found only as far south as Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses, the large heath butterfly is an emblematic species of the Marches Mosses. It is a northern mire species that needs the acidic, wet peatlands of the Mosses in order to thrive throughout its life cycle. You might see the large heath as you walk […]

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Update on Peatbog Habitat Re-creation on the Marches Mosses

Date: July 24, 2020

Work restarted in early July on the project to create a layer of turf to cover sections of the former scrapyard site on Whixall Moss, while re-creating peatbog habitat on a nearby peaty field. Led by Natural England as part of the BogLIFE project to restore the Marches Mosses, work began again after a long […]

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