Fenn’s and Whixall Moss

A bit of a catch up from a few weeks ago, 19th August to be precise. With it being a reasonably warm but breezy summer’s day we headed off down the M56 and A49 to Shropshire. Ideally I was hoping we’d catch up with the local population of Adders. Apparently there’s so many of them on Fenn’s Moss it’s one of the few places you can reliably see them dancing in early Spring. On a warm summers day they’ll be everywhere, or so we thought.

When we arrived it soon became clear the site was buzzing, insects everywhere with a superb Hobby swooping down to pluck the dragonflies out of in mid air. Unfortunately the closest we got to an Adder was another Common Lizard.

Common Lizard
Common Lizard

Plant-wise although surprisingly little out of the normal the moss looked magnificent with Cross leaved Heath and Ling in full bloom.

Cross leaved Heath
Cross leaved Heath

Good to see plenty of Bog Rosemary, one of the real mossland specialities.

Bog Rosemary
Bog Rosemary

On the way out we came across a yet to be identified mushroom. At the moment I haven’t got a clue what it is but hopefully the scaly surface will prove to be a distinctive feature.

Unknown fungi - perhaps Scaly Earthball
Scaly Earthball?

Seems incredible that it’s only 20 years since peat was being cut from Whixall Moss.
Peat cutting equipment

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