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The Mere

How big is the Mere?

The Mere is approximately 48 hectares (116 acres) and varies from 1 - 19 metres deep in some places.  It is the largest of the Shropshire meres.


Is the Island natural?

Moscow island was created in 1812 from spoil dug out from Ellesmere House gardens when the road was constructed. The Victorians once used the island as a picnic area, though now people cannot gain access to it.

Simply speaking, the meres were formed during the Ice Age (about 15000 years ago) when vast sheets of ice covered most of Britain. When it melted, large pockets of water were formed, especially in Shropshire and the neighbouring county of Cheshire. Lakes are wide areas in rivers, with water flowing in and out. The meres rarely have water inlets, relying on surrounding surface water, though some do have natural springs. The Mere has an overflow, in Cremorne Gardens, though this overflow was made in Victorian times.


Other species found at the Mere?

Red-breasted goose, Goosander, Barnacle goose, Cormorants, great-crested grebes, kingfishers, goldeneye, gulls, ruddy duck, tufted duck, Canada geese, little grebe, song thrush, sand martins, crows, wood pigeons, mallards, coots, moorhens. The ducks on the Promenade with red parts on their faces are Muscovey ducks. (these are only some of the many birds to be seen on the Mere)


What fish are in the Mere?

Roach, Bream, Carp, Eel, Perch, Pike. Hybrids of Roach and Bream have also been recorded.

What is the difference between a lake and a mere?

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