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Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Restoring the Marches Mosses

Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield and Wem Moss complex is the third largest lowland raised peatbog in the UK and has been the subject of over 20 years restoration by Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Few people realise that the mosses of North Shropshire are of international importance

As part of the development of the Meres and Mosses project, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and the Shropshire Wildlife Trust have bid for funding to carry out exten­sive management works and encourage more people to understand the mosses through volunteering, improved appropriate access and research. We are also purchasing additional land adjacent to the existing Nature Reserve including the old Furber scrapyard and flood­ed fields to the South.

We shall be consulting with local communities and site users to understand what you feel might be appropriate ways of raising the profile of the nature reserve and how this fits into your vision of the future for the region.

I shall be organising open evenings through local parish councils in order to gather views of those that wish to be involved. Please look out for your local event.

Bettisfield village hall 18/02/15 between 6 and 9pm

It is possible to fill in a questionnaire and leave your feedback online at:

www.the meresandmosses.org.uk Meres and Me page.

You can contact me directly to find out more or make any comments about how you would like to see the mosses developed for the benefit of us all.

Luke Neal Community Officer, Shropshire Wildlife Trust
LukeN@ShropshireWildlifeTrust.org.uk

Tel:   01743 284 275

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