ANIMAL AND PLANT SPECIES OF THE MARSH

Plant species of the marsh

Marsh marigold
From the same family as the Buttercup, the Marsh marigold illuminates the place with its magnificent golden yellow at the beginning of spring. It gives the start of the beautiful days. Affectionate of the wet environments one will find it preferentially in the ditches. Impossible to miss!

Observation: March to May

Loose-flowered Orchid
The loose-flowered orchid is characteristic of wet meadows. The activity of mowing suits it perfectly as long as it is not done 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 great quantities and stands of several hundred feet are not rare.

Observation: May to July

Marshmallow officinale
Have you noticed this large plant with a fluffy appearance and a flower that looks strangely like the hollyhock? It is the marshmallow officinale. Both are close cousins of the Malvaceae family.
Originally the sweet called "marshmallow" was made with the mucilage from its roots. Replaced by animal gelatin for economic reasons, the plant is no longer used in the composition of this confectionery.

Observation: July to September

Giant Hogweed
This perennial species settles very easily in natural areas and spreads in abundance. It belongs to the same family as the Carrot and the Cigaree. The notable difference is that it can measure more than 4 meters!
This species is a danger for the native flora because it does not allow other plants to grow in the shade of its large leaves that sometimes exceed 1 m2. Moreover, it is toxic and can cause blisters and burns when in contact with the sun. As it does not grow in areas open to the public, it is therefore recommended to stay on the paths.

Observation: July to October

 

Animal species of the marsh

Ashy Heron
In flight, hovering over the meadows, or stationary, posted in the expectation of a prey, the Grey Heron is part of the regulars of the places. It can be observed almost all year round. It feeds in the pastures or at the edge of the ponds hunting occasionally frogs and field mice.

Observation: all year round

White Stork
Often attached to the image of Alsace, the stork has colonized other regions. Normandy is one of its privileged host lands. Several hundred pairs nest there, including one in the marsh since 2012. This one gave birth to three young the same year, two of which were able to take off for Spain. The parents will remain faithful to their breeding ground.

Observation: April to July

Starry Bittern
The Starry Bittern is more discreet than the Heron or the Stork. With its very mimetic plumage, it camouflages itself at the edge of the reed beds. This host is only passing through during the winter. For the moment the site does not present reedbeds large enough for it to nest! Amusing particularity: its little melodious song resembles the mooing of a cow.

Observation: November to March

Tree frog
A frog that climbs trees? Yes, it also exists in Normandy. In fact the tree frog is not very rare but knows how to be discreet. You can nevertheless enjoy its love songs by walking in the evening in the spring by soft nights, around the "stork's plot". At this period the males gather in choir in order to increase the range of their song and thus attract the females of the surroundings.

Observation: April to October

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