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
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
New research reveals nightingales thriving at Lodge Hill despite further UK declines
A new paper just published confirms that Lodge Hill , in Kent, is the UK's best site for breeding nightingales. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) research shows that nightingale numbers in England are continuing to drop. Yet Lodge Hill...(read ...Posted 21/06/2018 by Sara H
#SaveCoulLinks - an urgent update from a vital campaign
My colleague, Kate Bellew, Senior Conservation Planner at RSPB Scotland has just posted this blog following an important meeting held by Highland Council to decide on the fate of Coul Links. Given the significance of the case - I'm reproducing...(rea...Posted 12/06/2018 by Andre Farrar
Planning Policy Wales: Securing a brighter future for nature in Wales
Following my blog 11 days ago on the draft National Planning Policy Framework for England, I'm delighted to introduce this guest blog on Planning Policy Wales by my colleague Christopher O'Brien. Guest blog by RSPB Cymru Senior Policy Officer...(read...Posted 21/05/2018 by Simon Marsh