Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve

Fenn's, Whixall And Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve

Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve

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Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve is a National Nature Reserve which straddles the border between England and Wales, near Whixall and Ellesmere in Shropshire, England.

It is managed by Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales and comprises three peat bogs, Bettisfield Moss, Fenn's Moss and Whixall Moss. Fenn's Moss is the source of the Wych Brook, a tributary of the River Dee. The River Roden, a tributary of the River Tern, also rises in the vicinity and forms part of the border of England and Wales near Wem Moss (see below). The Llangollen Canal runs near the southern edge of the reserve and the Ellesmere Canal joins it nearby.

Part of the same geological Moss Complex, though separated by a strip of agricultural land, are Cadney Moss (now reclaimed for agriculture and forestry) in Wales and the adjacent Wem Moss (in virtually pristine condition) in England. They are collectively called The Fenn’s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem & Cadney Moss Complex and form Britain’s third largest lowland raised bog. The complex, at 948 hectares (2340 acres), is so big that it is visible from space. (Only Thorne Moors and Hatfield Chase near Doncaster are bigger.)

The reserve is part of the Midland Meres and Mosses which was declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1997. It is also a European Special Area of Conservation.

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