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Bogs and marshes are amongst the richest of habitats. They are both examples of mires but are quite different in their hydrology. A variety of plants are adapted to grow in these and other types of mire, with the different more types often forming an intimate mosaic on site. The mires are home to numerous sedges species along with different grasses, rushes and bryophytes. There are specialists like the carnivorous sundews and butterworts which have evolved mechanisms to cope with the low nutrient soils. We will identify such plants along with many others. We will meet on site at a location in the Stiperstones.

Tutor: Fiona Gomersall

Fiona Gomersall is a trained biology teacher and skilled field botanist. She is Conservation Officer at Shropshire Wildlife Trust and is an active member of the Shropshire Botanical Society. Fiona’s monitoring and botanical survey work takes her all over the county to the 40 nature reserves and several hundred local wildlife sites.

Example Timetable

  • Please arrive at Lower Darnford, SY5 0SR Grid ref: SO417979 in good time prior to the 10.00am start time.
  • The course will run all day and finish around 15.00pm.
  • Please bring your own packed lunch for the day.

What's Included

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • A x 10 hand lens
  • Stout footwear (the terrain is rough but not too challenging) and waterproofs in case of rain
  • A packed lunch and drinks for the day

Useful Books

  • A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes' Dominic Price
  • Sedges of the British Isles (BSBI) AC Jermy et al
  • The Wildflower Key, Francis Rose and Clare O'Reilly

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