Moors and Marshes

View of the Staffelder Polder near Mescherin, photo: M.Voigt

With an area proportion of 3.6%, the biotopes of the moors and marshes are characterized almost exclusively by reed beds from eutrophic to polytrophic moors and marshes (292 hectares).

Along with the typical species of reed beds like the Broadleaf Cattail (Typha latifolia) and common reeds, sporadic and highly endangered species (RL 3 BB) are represented, such as the Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae), Marsh Cranesbill (Geranium palustre), Marsh Euphorbia und Shining Spurge (Euphorbia palustris, E. lucida), Fen Ragwort (Senecio paludosus) and Meadow Starwort (Stellaria palustris).

In addition to the reeds, a smaller part of the moors and marshes are occupied by sedges with predominantly grass-growing large sedge reeds (87 hectares). The following are listed here as endangered species (RL 3 BB): the Marsh Pea (Lathyrus palustris), Longleaf Speedwell (Pseudolysimachion longifolium) and Large Bittercress (Cardamine amara).

All moors and marshes in the National Park are protected biotopes according to § 30 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG).