The Meres and Mosses area holds a wonderful group of wetlands created during the last Ice Age.
A priority area for restoration, it needs careful conservation to ensure it provides enduring, sustainable habitats which will benefit wildlife and people.
Nearly £2 million of funding has been secured for the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership. This encompasses a Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) and a DEFRA funded Nature Improvement Area (NIA). Both of these programmes are now being delivered by a small team employed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The ambitious five year programme will deliver over 300 individual projects aimed at conservation, community engagement, access, heritage skills and learning.
One of the projects is the construction of a new learning centre at Wood Lane nature reserve near Ellesmere. This will allow the delivery of John Muir awards for primary schools funded by the partnership.
Another project is the extension to the Shropshire Way in the north of the county. Five circular walks have been devised to take in some of the key Meres and Mosses of the area. Additional work has been done to improve disabled access at Colemere and at Lyneal Wharf on the Shropshire Union canal.
In 2013, Butterfly Conservation will see the restoration of Prees Heath control tower and Cheshire Wildlife Trust will build a new learning centre at their headquarters in Bickley Hall Farm.
These are just a few of the many projects in this huge programme. Partners involved in delivery are: Butterfly Conservation, Canal and Rivers Trust, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Harper Adams University, Natural England, RSPB, Shropshire Council, Shropshire Rural Community Council, Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Organisations funding the scheme are: Defra, Environment Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Marches Leader Local Area Group, The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust, Natural England, RSPB.
Communities and landowners are being engaged to have their say in how key sites will be conserved and managed in their locality. Advice and assistance will be available to farmers focused on nutrient management, habitat restoration and agri-environment schemes. Grants will be available to both communities and landowners for projects which enhance conservation within their area.
The area boundaries for the LPS and the NIA are shown on the map. Grants will only be available for communities and landowners within the LPS area. Other funding may be available for landowners outside the LPS but inside the NIA.
Visit the Meres and Mosses website for much more information about key sites in the area, events, heritage and fun training courses available and all of the projects throughout the life of the scheme.
Meres and Mosses project overview (including State Aid compliance)
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