Barry will guide walkers through beauty of Mosses


Emily Davies

A NATURE reserve will host an opportunity to explore its hidden secrets through an Autumn Walk on Sunday.

The Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve event from 1.30pm will reveal the area at one of the most beautiful times of the year.

Led by Natural England’s voluntary warden Barry Probin, the walk will give visitors a second chance to follow part of the new Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses History Trail which takes a swift journey through the 10,000-year history of the Mosses from prehistoric bog marshes to military use in the Second World War, as well as focusing on the changes in wildlife as the area prepares for Winter.

Natural England’s senior reserve manager Joan Daniels said: “We are very grateful to Barry for leading the walk. He is a wonderful naturalist with amazing powers of observation who spends a lot of time on the Mosses, and he will be able to show people some of the beautiful autumn wildlife.”

“The History Trail was launched in July 2013 in conjunction with the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership, which is managing a Government-funded Nature Improvement Area and a Heritage Lottery-funded Landscape Partnership. 

“It aims to restore, conserve and enhance the natural and historic environment of the Meres and Mosses, whose distinctive features were formed during the last Ice Age, and to engage local people in understanding and caring for this landscape. 

“This autumn walk will help people find out more about one of the most important wildlife sites in the Partnership.”

The free walk will start from the Manor House NNR Base, near the Moss Cottages, Whixall (SJ505366, SY13 2PD). It will be a reasonable but flat ramble lasting for about two and a half hours. Booking is recommended.

To book call 01948 880362 in the week or e-mail

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