Marsh plant species

Marsh marigold
In the same family as Buttercup, Marsh marigold lights up the scene with its magnificent golden yellow in early spring. It's the perfect start to the summer season. It thrives in humid environments, and is best found in ditches. Impossible to miss!

Observation: March to May

Loose-flowered orchid
The loose-flowered orchid is characteristic of wet meadows. It is ideally suited to mowing, provided this does not take place before mid-June to allow it to reproduce. It is one of the two typical orchid species that thrive in marshes, along with the helleborine Epipactis. It can grow in large numbers, and stands of several hundred plants are not uncommon.

Observation: May to July

Have you noticed this large, fluffy-looking plant with a flower that looks strangely like a hollyhock? It's the Marshmallow officinale. Both are close cousins in the Malvaceae family.
Originally, the sweet known as "marshmallow" was made from the mucilage extracted from its roots. For economic reasons, the plant has been replaced by animal gelatin, and is no longer used in the composition of this confectionery.

Observation: July to September

Giant Hogweed
This perennial species establishes itself very easily in natural areas and spreads abundantly. It belongs to the same family as Carrot and Cigüe. The notable difference is that it can grow to over 4 meters!
This species is a threat to native flora, as it doesn't allow other plants to grow in the shade of its large leaves, which sometimes exceed 1 m2. What's more, it is toxic and can cause blisters and burns on contact with sunlight. As it does not grow in areas open to the public, we recommend that you keep to the pathways.

Observation: July to October


The marsh's animal species

Grey Heron
In flight, soaring over the meadows, or stationary, waiting for prey, the grey heron is a regular visitor. It can be seen almost all year round. It feeds in pastures or along the edges of ponds, occasionally hunting frogs and field mice.

Observation: all year round

White Stork
Often associated with Alsace, the stork has colonized other regions. Normandy is one of its preferred breeding grounds. Several hundred pairs nest here, including one in the marsh since 2012, which gave birth to three young that same year, two of whom took off for Spain. The parents will remain faithful to their breeding grounds.

Observation: April to July

The Bittern is more discreet than the Heron or Stork. With its highly mimetic plumage, it camouflages itself at the edge of reedbeds. It is only a passing guest in winter. At present, there are no reedbeds large enough for it to nest! An amusing peculiarity: its unmelodious song resembles the mooing of a cow.

Observation: November to March

Tree frog
A frog that climbs trees? Yes, it exists in Normandy too. In fact, the tree frog is not very rare, but it's very discreet. Nevertheless, you can enjoy its love songs on an evening stroll around the "Stork Plot" in the mild spring nights. At this time of year, the males gather in a choir to increase the range of their song and attract females from the surrounding area.

Observation: April to October


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