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
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
Save Lodge Hill: Thank you for your help, and next steps
Medway Council's latest consultation into their draft Local Plan, and in particular their plans to allocate large areas of land within and right next to Britain's best site for nightingales at Lodge Hill, is now closed (25 June 2018). Over...(read mo...Posted 26/06/2018 by Sara H
Fate of Coul Links now in the hands of Scottish Government URGENT call to action
Those of you following the campaign to Save Coul Links will know that we’re part of a group of conservation organisations fighting to stop proposals for a golf course on this triple protected wildlife site. Coul Links is one of the Scotland’s...(read...Posted 22/06/2018 by Andre Farrar
Updated - BTO confirm that Lodge Hill is the UK’s best site for breeding nightingales
Update: Posted 11.25am Monday 25 th June: We’ve updated our blog below to reflect our further analysis of BTO’s independent report since its release on Friday. It is useful to understand that where the BTO 's report refers to ‘Lodge...(read more)Posted 21/06/2018 by Sara H