With the recent rainfall, our marsh is looking healthy and the ducks are thoroughly enjoying themselves.
A marsh is a wetland ecosystem within which the plant land is dominated by grasses, reeds and rushes and not to be confused with a swamp which is dominated by trees.
This area of the Park is alongside the River Thames and is a useful flood plain when the river is high. The marsh area is managed on a three-year rotational cut to conserve the area to ensure that it does not return to scrubland or woodland. Working to conserve this area is one of the most popular tasks undertaken by our corporate volunteers.
It’s an important part of the biodiversity here at the Park as it creates habitats for many native species including breeding birds (Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting and Water Rail) and insects including the White Legged Damsel Fly and Dotted Fan-foot Moth.