The Shropshire Wetlands Futurescape is part of the meres and mosses – a 20 square kilometre, internationally important wetland landscape of pools (meres), bogs (mosses) and peat floodplains (moors).
The Futurescape includes the Meres and Mosses Nature Improvement Area (where we’re working through the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership) and the Weald Moors north of Telford.
The Shropshire Wetlands habitats are rich in nature. The mosses are home to the insect-eating plant sundew, raft spiders and white-faced darter dragonflies. The meres contain many rare plants, and include the only English site for the least water lily. Birds which call the moors home include breeding waders – lapwings, curlews, redshanks and snipe.
We're working to safeguard and improve special places for nature. Each Futurescape contains a range of initiatives in addition to our reserves. The combination of these creates better conditions for wildlife across the countryside.
The Meres and Mosses hold a mosaic of wetlands created by the action of ice and shaped by humans over thousands of years. Our vision is to restore a landscape of thriving wetlands – lakes, rivers, ponds and marshes which are a vital resource for wildlife and greatly valued by people.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Shropshire Wetlands. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we're working with:
Saving special places
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The conservationist's dilemma: an update on the science, policy and practice of the impact of predators on wild birds (8)
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G7 Commentary - Nature compact success or failure?
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A big step for international whale conservation - sei whale Key Biodiversity Area in Falklands
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