SJ5571 : Blakemere Moss

taken 7 years ago, near to Hatchmere, Cheshire, Great Britain

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Blakemere Moss
Blakemere Moss
Blakemere Moss was originally formed from two kettle holes (water filled hollows formed by a detached mass of glacial ice melted in situ towards the end of the last ice age). The area was drained from the 1800's, supposedly by prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars and planted with trees, (mainly oak and Scot's Pine) between 1793-1815 to provide timber for shipbuilding. The Forestry Commission planted the moss with pine and western hemlock during the 1940s, which proved uneconomic. In the late 1990's the Commission allowed the area to re-flood again naturally. Blakemere Moss now provides a habitat for wildlife, particularly birds including Greylags, Canada Geese, Black-headed Gulls, Coots, Mallards and Lapwings. It has been rapidly recolonised by rare mosses such as the orange-brown Sphagnum pulchrum as well as wildlife like diving beetles and great crested newts. Following the success of this project, a new project has been launched by the Forestry Commission to restore the lost meres and mosses at Delamere Forest.
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SJ5571, 59 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 17 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 18 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Woodland, Forest 
Place (from Tags)
Blakemere Moss  Delamere Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 5555 7120 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.1576N 2:40.0453W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 5555 7121
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Wetlands  Bog  Nature Reserve  Forestry Commission 

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