Low lying grasslands in river valleys provide nesting and wintering
sites for a range of wetland and farmland birds. In spring
and early summer wading birds like the lapwing and redshank
and smaller birds like the yellow wagtail will breed in the
grassland. In winter, when inundated, these areas provide refuge
and feeding grounds for grazing and dabbling wildfowl such
as the wigeon and teal which migrate to Britain from the frozen
north of Europe and Iceland. Pools and ditches in these grasslands,
increase the attractiveness of the sites to wetland invertebrates
such as dragonflies and to other wetland animals like the grass-snake
and water vole.
traditionally managed wet grassland being grazed in summer.
flooded in winter to support visiting wildfowl.