Wetlands in the Stour Valley
Reedbeds occur on land which is flooded for most of the year, often at the edges of lakes or in shallow lagoons. Dominated by a single species of reed – usually common reed – they are habitats for specialised wildlife, including some very rare birds. They have been lost with the widespread drainage of land for agriculture.
The Stour Valley contains some of south-east England’s largest reedbeds, at Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve.