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LIFE-Natur-Projekt "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore"  LIFE-Natur-Projekt "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore"
Flowing waters and wetland forests

Landkreis Rosenheim - LIFE-Natur-Projekt

The region to the north of the peatlands is characterized by its closeness to nature along its wet meadows where its water, partly flowing in bends (meander), enters the "Kalten" (stream with origin in Wendelstein mountain and Jenbach).
Before the leaves of deciduous trees sprout in the spring, the ground is covered with plants such as spring snowflake (Märzenbecher / Leucojum vernum), Wood garlic i.e. ramsons (Bärlauch - Allium ursinum), Violetts (Veilchen / Viola), Oxlip (Schlüsselblume - Primula elatior) and with natural occurance - Snowdrop (Schneeglöckchen - Galanthus nivalis) giving a wonderful variety of flowers on the forest floor. In the tree layer there is a combination of the trees "Bergahorn" (Acer pseudoplatanus), "Esche" (Fraxinus excelsior), "Stieleiche" (Quercus robur), "Winterlinde" (Tilia cordata) und "Schwarzerle" (Alnus glutinosa).


The type of trees that dominate on the meander banks i.e. circuitous windings of the Kalten Stream are black alder (Schwarzerle / Alnus glutinosa) and white willow (Silberweide / Salix alba). With increasing distance to the banks, other flood resistant tree species prosper there, like Pedunculate Oak (Stieleiche / Quercus robur), European Ash (Esche / Fraxinus excelsior L.) , Black Cherry (Traubenkirsche / Prunus padus) and Lime trees (Linden / Tilia).

Auwald / Wetland Forest

Overgrown, rampant bogland forest in winter with spreading white willows (Silberweiden / Salix alba) and birch (Birken / Betula pubescens) also undergrowth as sedges (Großseggen / Carex spec.).


Wet forests, typically consisting of alder "Erle", grow in the moderately wet ground depressions.


The pink-blossoming (Akeleiblättrige Wiesenraute / (Thalictrum aquilegifolium) is an especially beautiful blossom plant of the wet forests. The leaves resemble those of "Akelei" (Aquilegia vulgaris).


The Spring Snowflake (Märzenbecher / Leucojum vernum) cover the wet forest grounds rather early after the melting of the snow. Together with the Snowdrop (Schneeglöcken / Galanthea nivalis), they form a white blossom carpet in March before the leaves sprout. (Photo: Zimmermann)

Baumhoehle / Hollow Tree

Standing deadwood trees make good habitats for Woodpeckers (Spechte) and other hollow breeders, further tree mushrooms grow here. Deadwood trees should not be felled for this reason.
Signs of beavers were only known here 20 years ago from picture books: Such tree felling make some people angry, more than several others, however cherish this matter: Approximately 100 years after their extinction, beavers returned home ! As the beaver population keeps spreading, the nature protection administration has to reconcile between the complaints made by property owners and the right to be of the beaver. (Photo: G. Schwab)


The inconspicuous Daubenton's bat "Wasserfledermaus" (Myotis daubentonii) hunts insects by night along the Kalten Stream. As belonging to the protection species listed in the Habitats Directive "FFH-Richtlinie", Appendix II and IV, it stands Europe-wide under protection.

Hermelin / Weasel

Stoat i.e. Short-tailed weasel i.e. Ermine "Hermelin" (Mustela erminea). An inconspicuous resident of wet forests, here shown in its white wintercoat. (Photo A. Köck)