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A moor is the common name for upland heathland and is defined as being above 300 metres in altitude. There has been a considerable loss of heather moorland in recent times.  Between 1947-1980, approximately 27% was lost in England and Wales.  Much of this loss is due to agricultural improvement, heavy grazing by sheep and afforestation. Losses of moorland in Shropshire have mirrored national trends and the most significant causes of loss have been overgrazing and agricultural improvement.

 

With the exception of the Long Mynd and Stiperstones, occurrences of moorland in Shropshire are less than 100 hectares in extent.  At this comparatively small size, they do not support the diversity of upland birds normally associated with large upland moors. Four Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Shropshire include moorland and are therefore protected by the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. The Stiperstones & Hollies SSSi is owned and managed as a National Nature Reserve by English Nature. It is one of the best moorland sites in the European Union and has been submitted as a candidate for Special Area of Conservation status. The Long Mynd is owned by the National Trust, whose objectives include landscape and nature conservation.

 

Moorland commonly occurs on thin soil or peat less than 0.5 metres deep and is characterised by a cover of at least 25% of dwarf shrubs such as heather, bilberry, crowberry and cowberry.  A great deal of the remainder is covered with heather but other plants can be found such as :-

 

Bog Asphodel

Bog Pimpernel

Common Butterwort

Cotton Grass

Cross-Leaved Heath

Marsh St John’s Wort

Sphagnum Moss

Sundew.

 

Animals are rarer than on heathland but the following can be found :-

 

Reptiles

Common Lizard

 

Invertebrates

Black Darter Dragonfly

Dark Green Fritillary

Emperor Moth

Fox Moth

Golden-Ringed Dragonfly

Grayling Moth

Grey Mountain Carpet Moth

Oak Eggar Moth

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary

Wood Tiger Moth

Yellow Underwing Moth

 

Birds

Curlew

Hen Harrier

Linnet

Merlin

Red Grouse

Ring Ouzel

Skylark

Snipe

Wheatear

 

 

Gazetteer of Moors

 

 

Asterton Prolley Moor

Wentnor

SO398923

Badger Moor

Badger

SO202836

Baggy Moor

Haughton

SJ391266

Birch Moor

Edgmond

SJ705192

Birchy Moor

Preston Gubbals

SJ489188

Blake Moor

Snailbeach

SJ381011

Blake Moor

Bushmoor

SO428881

Brown Clee Hill

Abdon

SO594866

Bubney Moor

Redbrook

SJ511418

Bull Moor

Kynaston

SJ361202

Bush Moor

Bushmoor

SO433877

Cardington Moor

Cardington

SO496943

Chat Moor

Burwarton

SO625854

Cherrington Moor

Kynnersley

SJ672182

Church Moor

Horderley

SO408883

Cole Moor

Colemore Green

SO704975

Cool Moor

Ellerdine Heath

SJ605232

Crows Moor

Long Meadowend

SO404821

Crudgington Moor

Crudgington

SJ652176

Dayhouse Moor

Kynnersley

SJ657186

Dod Moor

Randlay

SJ721065

Eyton Moor

Eyton upon the Weald Moors

SJ653154

Felton Moor

Woolston

SJ336241

Hawks Moor

Hadnall

SJ513189

Kynnersley Moor

Kynnersley

SJ679169

Long Mynd

Church Stretton

SO424945

Monk Moor

Shrewsbury

SJ514132

Over Moor

Astley

SJ534190

Rodway Moor

Kynnersley

SJ659176

Sidney Moor

Crudgington

SJ647167

Smythe Moor

Longford

SJ634338

St Martin's Moor

St Martin’s

SJ320359

Stiperstones

Stiperstones

SO368986

Stockton Moors

Moreton

SJ781169

The Weald Moors

Kynnersley

SJ667174

Tibberton Moor

Kynnersley

SJ684182

Turf Moor

Edgerley

SJ352189

Wentnor Prolley Moor

Wentnor

SO398931

Wild Moor

Ratlinghope

SO419960

Wrockwardine Moor

Long Lane

SJ647161