Floodplain grazing marsh

Where these areas have been grazed a rich grassland habitat has been created. The grazed fields are almost always separated by ditches to help drainage and they are often rich in plants and invertebrates. Almost all areas are grazed though some are cut for hay or silage. Some grasslands may contain seasonal water-filled hollows and permanent ponds. They are often close to areas of fen or reedswamp.

Areas of shallow puddles in the wetter months are home to large numbers of small invertebrates in the soil and they are an important feeding area for a number of wetland birds such as lapwing and teal.

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