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New 'super' nature reserve plans for Shropshire

Shropshire residents are being invited to share their views on plans for a new National Nature Reserve on the English/Welsh border.

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The Stiperstones Nature Reserve

Natural England wants to extend the existing Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, by joining up with landowners and partners to significantly increase the land declared as a National Nature Reserve by up to 5,000 hectares.

The Stiperstones National Nature Reserve is made up of a wild landscape of uplands, lowlands and woodland that attracts birds including red grouse, red kite, skylark, and snipe.

It is also home to invertebrates (insects) ranging from the hairy wood ant to the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

Emma Johnson, deputy director for Natural England in the West Midlands said: “There’s a great opportunity here in Shropshire to create better and bigger places for nature, that people can enjoy too.

"A 'super' National Nature Reserve joining up land with partners would be so beneficial, for example soaking up huge amounts of carbon and helping to reduce flooding downstream."

Residents, landowners and anyone with an interest can attend a public drop-in session taking place between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday, February 7 at the village hall in Snailbeach near Shrewsbury.

“Everyone is invited to find out more at the drop-in session where they will be able to talk to people from Natural England and some of the partner organisations involved," added Emma Johnson.

"There’ll be lots of information about the proposal, we really want to hear what people think.”

The Stiperstones National Nature Reserve will be one of the Kings Series of National Nature Reserves which were launched last year to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

The plans will see the creation of five major National Nature Reserves named every year for the next five years - 25 in total - leaving a lasting public legacy for people and nature.

As Prince of Wales, His Majesty expressed a deep love and concern for England’s wildlife, natural and rural places, frequently reflecting on his joy of walking and its role in promoting a healthy mind and body.

Read more on the Kings Series of National Nature Reserves at