Brimstones on the Marches Mosses

Date: April 1, 2020

  Fire and brimstone? Or a beautiful soft yellow butterfly? One heralds the wrath of the heavens, the other ushers in spring in the UK. It’s the brimstone butterfly, of course, that arrives on the Marches Mosses this time of year.  In Shropshire, brimstones have been seen as early as 15th March, or as late […]

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Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses are Closed

Date: March 28, 2020

  All of the UK’s National Nature Reserves, car parks and visitor facilities are closed until further notice, including the Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses NNR. We’ll post updates as and when they’re available and we’ll continue to update the Meres & Mosses website with posts about the amazing biodiversity on the Mosses. In the […]

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Great Grey Shrike on the Mosses


The great grey shrike (Lanius excubitor) has been spotted on Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses. They’ll soon be returning to their Scandinavian breeding grounds, after spending the winter hunting over the Mosses. A medium-sized bird, the great grey shrike is black and grey with a white underbelly, a black band across its eyes and a […]

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Volunteering at Marches Mosses

Date: March 12, 2020

Volunteering at Marches Mosses is good for you – get outdoors, do important conservation work – and all the chocolate biscuits you can eat!  A conversation with Steve Dobbin, Natural England Reserves Manager, and some of the people who volunteer on the BogLIFE regeneration project at Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses.  Steve, first, why do […]

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Peat Regeneration Helping to Bring the Curlews Back to Marches Mosses

Date: March 6, 2020

Breeding pairs of curlews have been spotted on the Marches Mosses this week; the earliest they have been seen pairing up. Curlews usually begin preparation for the breeding season later in March. Wildlife photographer Stephen Barlow has seen at least three curlew pairs on the Moss and another pair feeding on fields on the edge […]

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