What is planned for The Mosses in 2020?

Date: January 9, 2020

The former scrapyard site The former scrapyard is being covered by the removal of turf from nearby fields which were once part of the bog. The fields will be reverted to bog habitat by planting 150,000 ‘microproprogated’ sphagnum hummocks in a seeding operation following the turf-stripping. This method of bog creation is an innovative experiment […]

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World War II Practice Bombs found on Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses

Date: December 10, 2019

On the 74th anniversary of Armistice Day, conservationists working at Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses National Nature Reserve found two World War II practice bombs. The bombs were uncovered while workers were excavating to build water-retaining “bunds” as part of the regeneration of the Mosses near a former bombing range. A specialist in UXBs was employed […]

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Starling flocks attracting the crowds

Date: December 2, 2019

The cold weather and clear skies have made viewing the starling murmuration at Whixall a must-see over the last few days. With the forecast looking good for the next week, more people are likely to be visiting the Whixall area than usual for this time of the year. Over 60,000 starlings are thought to be […]

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Mesmerizing murmuration over The Mosses

Date: November 28, 2019

Individually, starlings might seem unimportant birds.  From a distance many people see them simply as black birds, often noisy and even described in some bird guides as pests. But from November on through the winter, starlings create amazing murmurations – gatherings of hundreds – even thousands – of birds at dusk, swooping and diving as […]

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Pollution causes carnivorous plant to go vegetarian

Date: November 20, 2019

The Sundews on Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses have stopped eating insects. Scientists working on restoring the Mosses have noticed this phenomenon over the past year or so and have worked out the reason why this has happened. OK, but what’s a Sundew? Sundews are carnivorous plants that live on the bog habitat of the […]

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