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Basic information

Wetlands represent the transition between water and terrestrial ecosystems. They can have many forms such as marshlands, pools or peatlands. They can be parts of alluvial meadows and forests. They are highly significant for nature as they serve as a “sponge”. In case of abundant rainfall they retain water and thus protect its surrounding against floods. In case of draught they release the water gradually. They hence represent the biggest water reservoirs in the landscape. Moreover, they are home to numerous plant and animal species. The protection of important wetlands is incorporated in so-called convention. It was declared in Ramsar, an Iranian city in February 2, 1971. The Czech Republic joined the Convention in January 1, 1993 and has obliged to meet its objectives.

Wetlands species

Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus) grows on wet and muddy places, on banks of stagnant as well as moderately running waters and in reedswamps. It has striking yellow flowers and is in bloom from May to June. Its rootstock was formerly used in natural healing under the name “fake calamus”. Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) belongs to amphibians. The female can grow up to 18 cm, which is why it can be added to the biggest European newts. Similarly to other amphibians, it needs water for its reproduction. This species is on the list of severely endangered species and is protected within nature conservation project of NATURA 2000 network.

Iris pseudacorus

Iris pseudacorus

Triturus cristatus

Triturus cristatus



Useful information


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