Birds Flock into Sinker’s Fields for Winter Respite

Date: December 11, 2020

To us, the UK winter may seem chilly, if not downright cold. But to the thousands of teal, wigeon, shovelers and shelducks that spend their summers in the Arctic, winter on Sinker’s Fields near Whixall Moss is just the ticket to a warm winter habitat. They join flocks of mallards and other birds that enjoy […]

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Shropshire Wildlife Trust Helped the Wem Youth Group Explore the Rare Habitat at their Doorstep

Date: December 2, 2020

A group of 15 young people from the Wem Youth Group met at the Morris Bridge Car Park one morning in October and set off with their Shropshire Wildlife Trust guides to explore a rare habitat – Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses, part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE regeneration project. Many had never been to the […]

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Short-eared Owls Winter at the Mosses

Date: November 24, 2020

Main photo credit: Stephen Barlow If you’re out walking on the Mosses, you might, just might, catch a glimpse of a rare creature overhead – an owl out hunting for its dinner during the daytime. If you do, that will likely be a short-eared owl (Asio flammeus), which are the least nocturnal of all owls. […]

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Bird’s Eye View of the Mosses Taking Shape

Date: November 23, 2020

If you’ve been out for a walk on Whixall Moss lately, you may be wondering what’s going on – there’s a large structure going up on the edge of the Moss. Well, wonder no more: it’s the start of a five metre high viewing tower that will provide an incredible bird’s eye view over the […]

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Peatbogs are gaining recognition in the fight against the climate crisis

Date: November 19, 2020

Peatbogs are becoming recognised as a key part of the fight against the climate crisis. Two recent articles provide more detail: The Flow Country, a 4,000sq km area of blanket bog in northern Scotland, is the subject of a recent article in The Guardian. The UK government is considering asking Unesco to add the site […]

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