Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses

Site details

UK map showing location of Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

Note:

When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

7110 Active raised bogs  * Priority feature
This is a large lowland raised bog that straddles the English/Welsh border. It is amongst the largest and most southerly raised bogs in the UK. Although much of the site has been subject to peat extraction, areas of partially-cut and uncut mire still remain. In areas formerly subject to commercial peat-cutting, recent conservation management has led to the regeneration of bog-forming vegetation. Mire vegetation includes Sphagnum papillosum, Sphagnum magellanicum, Sphagnum pulchrum, all three British species of sundew Drosera spp., cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos, bog asphodel Narthecium ossifragum, royal fern Osmunda regalis, white beak-sedge Rhynchospora alba and bog-rosemary Andromeda polifolia, together with the nationally scarce moss Dicranum affine. Over 1,700 invertebrate species have been recorded here, including 29 nationally rare Red Data Book species.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

7120 Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

Not applicable.


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