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
Victory for Harapan Rainforest
Beautiful Hutan Harapan forest is a precious remnant of the rainforest that once covered much of Sumatra (Photo: RSPB-images/Steve Roland) Hutan Harapan is one of the last remaining areas of dry lowland Sumatran forest and is among the most th...(r...Posted 12/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
Rila Mountains: The Final Piece in Bulgaria's Protected Area Network for Birds
Daniel Pullan, our International Casework Manager writes: I was thrilled last week when my Bulgarian colleague Irina Mateeva told me that the Bulgarian Government had designated the last part of the Rila Mountains as a Special Protection Area. This a...Posted 04/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
A net gain for nature
How can built development leave the natural environment in a better shape than it was before? This is the question at the heart of Defra’s recent consultation on ‘biodiversity net gain’. We know from the State of Nature 2016 report ...(read more)Posted 01/03/2019 by Simon Marsh
What will the new NPPF mean for places, people and nature?
On Tuesday the Government published a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on the draft version here , here and here . The NPPF sets out the Government’s planning policies for England...(read ...Posted 27/07/2018 by Steph