Event - MMBEN Event 11: Summer Site Visit sponsored by Design with Nature
Why are the Meres and Mosses special for conservation?
The Meres and Mosses area contains the third largest lowland raised bog in Britain (Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses). It has a higher concentration of field ponds than anywhere else in Europe and provides vital habitat for many specialist and threatened species such as the white-faced darter (a dragonfly), the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly and the raft spider (Britain’s biggest spider!) as well as a safe haven for more widespread but still vulnerable species such as the water vole and adder. The peat-based nature of much of the land also provides a vital carbon storage function (holding up to 20 times more carbon than the same area of woodland). The quality of water in the Meres & Mosses landscape is also vital to its future to support wildlife and for people to enjoy.
In addition, surrounding land has recently been acquired by Shropshire Wildlife Trust who aim to return it back to its former glory.
Join us to visit this unique landscape and see the conservation efforts taking place to further enhance the local environment.
Programme for 9th August 2017:
10:00 - Arrival
10:15 – Walk and talk the Fenns, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR
11:45 – See and learn about plans for the scrapyard before the area is reverted back to match its surrounding environment
12:30 – Tea, coffee and cake
We’ll aim to finish around 1/1:30
Thank you to MMBEN member Design with Nature's Mark Stefan for sponsoring this event - http://www.designwithnature.org.uk/
Please wear stout, comfortable shoes & clothing and be prepared for rain, sun and exposed conditions.
Booking is essential. If you would like to attened this event please get in touch by email or call 01743 284 276.
Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses
Grid Ref: SJ 493355
9th August 2017