This is the largest continuous marshland in Europe which includes the greatest stretch of reedbeds
probably in the world. The marsh vegetation is dominated by reeds Phragmites australis which
form floating or fixed islands of decaying vegetation ('plaur') with some Typha angustifolia
and Scirpus sp. Reeds cover some 420,000 acres and 'plaur' 247,000 whilst the total area
not included is only 36,570 acres.
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