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Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses

The reserve, which straddles the English/Welsh border near Whitchurch, is of international importance for wildlife. The Mosses are one of the most southerly lowland raised bogs in Britain and, at 948 hectares (2,340 acres), are the third largest. The reserve occupies a depression left by one of the ice sheets covering the Shropshire-Cheshire plain during the last Ice Age. Because of its latitude, plants and animals which normally have a southerly distribution overlap with species of a more northerly distribution.

It was notified as a SSSI because of the quality of the fens, its mosses and liverworts and for its invertebrates and dragonflies.

Grid Ref: SJ488370   Area: 513.63 hectares

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Past management – including drainage for agriculture, afforestation and peat cutting – has played a significant role in shaping the Mosses. As a result, the reserve is very variable in both its physical condition and its vegetation communities. The Mosses are now being restored to actively-growing raised bog.

Photo © CCW

Photo © CCW








Explore the Mosses along three inter-linking self-guided Mosses Trails from the Morris’s Bridge NNR car park (SJ 493355), Whixall. Or explore deeper into the NNR by permit.

However, the reserve hosts a programme of events and walks throughout the year – for more information, see our contact details under 'Who looks after it?'.

How to get there

Follow NNR signs off the A495 southeast of Whitchurch, Shropshire

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Who looks after it?

The reserve is managed jointly by CCW and Natural England.

You can contact CCW’s Northern Team via our enquiries helpline, 0845 1306229, e-mail, enquiries@ccw.gov.uk or write to us under the ‘Contact the team’ section on this website. For more information you can also visit the Natural England website or contact their enquiries service, 0845 600 3078 or email: enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk

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