A Shropshire scrapyard covering 6 hectares which has closed after 50 years has been bought as a nature reserve by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The former car breaker’s yard is covered in 100,000 tyres, thousands of litres of disused oil and tonnes of wing mirrors and bumpers, which will all need to be removed before it can be restored for nature.
The scrapyard lies upon one of Britain’s largest peatbogs, known as the Marches Mosses. This vast and extremely wildlife-rich landscape spans nearly 950 hectares and is an internationally important peatbog - one of the rarest habitats on earth. The Marches Mosses are designated as a Special Area of Conservation and the individual parts are National Nature Reserves, managed by Natural England.
In order to return the site to a condition where wildlife can thrive, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, with specialist help, now needs to clean acres of concrete of 50 years’ worth of waste and clear out several oil sump pits before covering the site with peat and allowing the bog habitat to regenerate and species such as sundew (a carnivorous plant), cotton grass and curlews to return.
Help us reach our target to ensure that this area is once again part of the important mosses landscape: