Most parts of the Stopfenreuth wetlands lie completely within the overflow area of the Danube. A high-water mark on the Uferstrasse is evidence of just how high the river may rise in these sections.
The most common types of trees found here are therefore willows and poplars. The gnarled willows in particular are prime examples of just how vital this tree species is, and how powerfully the water can shape an individual tree's growth. Near the jetties – the stone dams which run crosswise to the river current and help regulate the current for shipping – one can find shells in the shallow waters where many aquatic creatures thrive.
Tranquil waters are the ideal habitat for the European Pond Turtle, which likes to sun itself on floating deadwood. The best time to glimpse this rare species is in the spring. If things are calm around the occasionally bustling boot landing area on the Uferstrasse, kingfishers and beavers may be spotted.
In fact, it is not necessary to walk far into the wetlands to discover its typical inhabitants.
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