Trip to Whixall Moss, Shropshire

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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/steb1/albums/72157653639584689

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  editor@herefordhart.org

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.