Shropshire Wildlife Trust
British Wildlife 33.1 October 2021

Reserve Focus: Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses NNR

Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses NNR, collectively known as the Mosses, is one of the largest and most southerly raised bogs. James Robertson describes the history of the reserve; the special array of wildlife that can be found there, including the White-faced Darter and Large Heath; and the conservation and management of the Mosses. 

From the air, a rich brown stain interrupts the patchwork of fields and farms which straddle the Welsh–English border between Shropshire and the County Borough of Wrexham. This ragged-edged ovoid comprises almost a thousand hectares of raised bog known locally as ‘the Mosses’.

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