Dee Estuary RSPB reserve, aerial view

Shropshire Wetlands

Shropshire Wetlands

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.

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Futurescapes - Shropshire Wetlands

Explore the area

Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us. 

Dee Estuary RSPB reserve, aerial view

Featured projects

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.

Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership

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.

Water vole Arvicola amphibius, eating aquatic vegetation, Kent, August
Water vole

Our partners

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: