A wetland is an area where water covers or saturates the ground for prolonged periods, resulting in the presence of specially adapted:
The description covers a vast range of places, among them:
Many wetlands are natural but some, for example most garden ponds, are the work of people.
Jersey's wetlands have an important place in the natural diversity of Jersey. These special habitats are capable of sustaining a wide variety of wildlife, although many areas have been lost over the years due to the effects of:
- intensive agriculture
- urban sprawl
- natural encroachment
St Ouen's pond, on the west coast, is probably the most significant wetland area in Jersey. The other important wetland sites are Rue des Pres SSI and Grouville Marsh SSI. SSI stands for Site of Special (ecological) Interest.