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Trip to Whixall Moss, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd June 10 am 

HART is organising a visit to Fenn’s and Whixall Moss National Nature Reserve, a very large raised bog on the England/Wales border about 5 miles north of Wem, Shropshire. This is a fantastic site with a wide range of wildlife. Reptiles present, which we hope to see, include Adder, Common Lizard and Slow-worm. There are also rare invertebrates such as the impressive Raft Spider, plus many birds and a specialised flora. It is the southernmost location in Britain for the White-faced Darter, a strikingly coloured dragonfly mainly associated with the Scottish Highlands; these should be on the wing at the time of our visit.

The walk will be led by local volunteer Stephen Barlow. Some of his photos taken on the Moss can be seen here:

Time: Meet at 10:00 am, Sunday 3rd June, in the Manor House car park at SJ50533657

Bring: Appropriate footwear for walking on rough and damp ground, waterproofs and suitable clothing depending on the weather. Sun cream and a hat. Insect repellent is highly recommended as biting insects can be troublesome. Bring a packed lunch, snacks and enough to drink as it will be a long day including travel. A camera and binoculars will also be useful.

Contact: Please contact HART to let us know if you are interested in coming or if you have any questions. Email

Distance from Hereford is about 72 miles so allow plenty of time for travel. It would be good for people to car-share if possible.

Evening walk round Kenchester Pools

Tuesday 24th April, 8:00 pm – 10.30pm

HART is organising an evening walk round Kenchester Pools, a cluster of glacial kettle hole ponds 4 miles west of Hereford. We will be focusing on amphibians – all five widespread British species are present – but we should also see a range of other pondlife.

Time: Meet at 8:00 pm, Tuesday 24th April. We should finish around 10 to 10:30 pm.

Directions: Park inside the field gate at SO43534283, where the footpath from Court Farm to the Weir Garden crosses the lane (the old Roman road). The field is on the south side of the lane; once you go through the gate there is some hard-standing on your left. Link to map on OS website

Bring: Appropriate footwear (wellies), waterproofs, warm clothing and a hot drink/snack if you want it. Pond margins are likely to be muddy. A torch and/or headtorch will be useful for walking in the dark and inspecting the ponds. Optional: camera with flash, notebook & pen/pencil.

Contact: The walk will be led by Will Watson. Please contact HART to let us know if you are coming and if you have any questions about the event or directions.

Participants must be HART members.