Wem Moss bog cotton
thousands of years of history lie trapped beneath their surface
Formed by glaciers retreating after the last ice age, thousands of years of history lie trapped beneath their surface, from the stumps of long-drowned trees beneath the meres, to the bodies of long-buried men found perfectly preserved within the mossy bogs.
Unknown to many in the outside world, the meres and mosses are a wetland of international importance. While only a fragment of their former size, they are still home to many plants and insects that are rarely found elsewhere. These populations are fragile, however, as is the landscape they rely on. The Wildlife Trusts are working with other organisations across this huge region to restore this fragmented wetland for both the wildlife and people that live there.
Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane
This Living Landscape has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Landscape Partnership Scheme and has been selected as a Nature Improvement Area (NIA).
Work will include targeted and co-ordinated action for habitats and species including work on seven natural meres, 400 hectares of wet grassland and 150 hectares of floating bog, raised bog and fen.
Scheme area: 13,225 hectares
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Current threats to the landscape
Intensive farming leading to nutrient enrichment; commercial peat cutting; land drainage schemes
This scheme is also...
Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, improving water quality, storing carbon, improving access for people, encouraging green tourism, providing environmental education
Natural England, Environment Agency, Butterfly Conservation, local authorities, Northern Marches Leader, Muller Dairies, Shropshire Sailing Club, Walford & North Shropshire College.