Flora of Northern Ireland

Marsh

Kinkeel Lough, RathlinA very vague expression use to refer to any very wet piece of ground except bogs. A saltmarsh is one that forms in muddy tidal bays, inlets and estuaries, and the flora is adapted to growth in salt conditions.

The low-lying area around the Quoile River near Downpatrick in Co Down is known as the Downpatrick Marshes. Most of it is damp marshy grassland, but it includes Hollymount National Nature Reserve, a swampy woodland containing the very rare water-violet (Hottonia palustris).