Moseley Bog Plantation Enhancement & Fen Restoration

Moseley BogMoseley Bog

A summary of ongoing works to enhance woodland and restore fenland across Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve.

In 2012, work began to enhance woodland and restore fenland across Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve.

The site comprises two distinct areas: the old stream valley, remnant fen and damp woodland of Moseley Bog; and the created grassland and planted woodland of Joy’s Wood. However in recent years, the fen area has greatly reduced, resulting in the loss of key species including sphagnum moss. Meanwhile the dense plantations of Joy’s Wood are now at the stage of maturity where they require thinning.

In order to restore the fen area of Moseley Bog; all colonising trees and shrubs will be removed and the stumps treated with herbicide. Meanwhile around 2.5 hectares of plantation dominated woodland in Joy’s Wood will be thinned by 40 percent. Following thinning, seeds and propagules of species including bluebell, wood sorrel and yellow pimpernel that have been collected from Moseley Bog – as well as separately purchased red campion, foxglove and primrose seed – will be introduced to the plantations of Joy’s Wood. This work will be repeated over three years.

This project complements the NIA’s objectives as it will help to create new species-rich grassland to buffer, expand or link existing core area of semi-natural habitat. As well as the floral enhancement and woodland management, this project will increase the proportion of public open spaces that are managed for the benefit of wildlife.