What are wetlands?

Wetlands are marshy areas where rare plants and animals thrive. In the winter, the groundwater there is high, and in the summer its level drops.

Water birds, such as the great bittern, like to find shelter in wet grasslands.

Wetlands are extremely diverse. The landscape can vary from open water to reed beds, which then can turn into alluvial forests.

The roots of the trees there have their roots in water almost all year round, and they form excellent shelters or nesting places for numerous animal species. Fish, amphibians, and dragonflies inhabit the many ditches, brooks, and pools.

Another type of wetlands are wet grasslands. Flowery hay meadows and grasslands develop where cows graze or grass is mowed. Meadow birds, in particular, feel at home in these expansive pastures.